What is the meaning of find?



  • Come upon, as if by accident; meet with.
    • usage: "We find this idea in Plato"; "I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here"; "She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day"
  • Discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of.
    • usage: "She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water"; "We found traces of lead in the paint"
  • Come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost.
    • usage: "Did you find your glasses"; "I cannot find my gloves"
  • Establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study.
    • usage: "find the product of two numbers"; "The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize"
  • Come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds.
    • usage: "I feel that he doesn't like me"; "I find him to be obnoxious"; "I found the movie rather entertaining"
  • Perceive or be contemporaneous with.
    • usage: "We found Republicans winning the offices"; "You'll see a lot of cheating in this school"; "The 1960's saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions"; "I want to see results"
  • Get something or somebody for a specific purpose.
    • usage: "I found this gadget that will serve as a bottle opener"; "I got hold of these tools to fix our plumbing"; "The chairman got hold of a secretary on Friday night to type the urgent letter"
  • Make a discovery, make a new finding.
    • usage: "Roentgen discovered X-rays"; "Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle"
  • Make a discovery.
    • usage: "She found that he had lied to her"; "The story is false, so far as I can discover"
  • Obtain through effort or management.
    • usage: "She found the time and energy to take care of her aging parents"; "We found the money to send our sons to college"
  • Decide on and make a declaration about.
    • usage: "find someone guilty"
  • Receive a specified treatment (abstract. )
    • usage: "These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation"; "His movie received a good review"; "I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions"
  • Perceive oneself to be in a certain condition or place.
    • usage: "I found myself in a difficult situation"; "When he woke up, he found himself in a hospital room"
  • Get or find back; recover the use of.
    • usage: "She regained control of herself"; "She found her voice and replied quickly"
  • Succeed in reaching; arrive at.
    • usage: "The arrow found its mark"
  • Accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation.
    • usage: "My son went to Berkeley to find himself"
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APAWordNet. (2010). find. Retrieved March 21, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/find/definitions/1276224
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "find" http://smartdefine.org/find/definitions/1276224 (accessed March 21, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, find, Smart Define, viewed 21 March, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/find/definitions/1276224>.
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