First attested in the Worin seokbo (月印釋譜 / 월인석보), 1459, as Middle Korean ᄎᆞᆽ다 (Yale: chocta).


  • IPA(key): [t͡ɕʰa̠t̚t͈a̠]
  • Phonetic hangeul: []
Revised Romanization? chatda
Revised Romanization (translit.)? chajda
McCune–Reischauer? ch'atta
Yale Romanization? chacqta


찾다 (chatda) (infinitive 찾아, sequential 찾으니)

  1. to search, look for
    애타게 찾으려는 그의 모습을 보니 나의 눈에 눈물이 고였다.
    Aetage chajeuryeoneun geuui moseubeul boni naui nune nunmuri goyeotda.
    Tears welled up in my eyes when I saw him anxiously searching for it.
  2. to find
    슈퍼마켓 찾으려 하는데요.— 아, 좋아. 슈퍼마켓은 어빙 1500번지에 있어. 아파트에서 가까워. —좋아요.
    Syupeomaket chajeuryeo haneundeyo.— a, joa. Syupeomakeseun eobing 1500beonjie isseo. Apateueseo gakkawo. —joayo.
    I want to find a supermarket. —Oh, okay. The supermarket is at 1500 Irving Street. It is near the apartment. — Great!
    Original English texts from 2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
  3. to visit
  4. (of money) to withdraw

Usage notesEdit

In the present tense, used to mean “to look for”, and often used with 보다 (boda, “to try to do something”) or an adverb of manner such as 열심히 (熱心, yeolsimhi, “dedicatedly”) and 샅샅이 (satsachi, “thoroughly”). This can imply a successful search, i.e. “to find”, especially in the past tense, and this sense is often used with an adverb of result such as 쉽게 (swipge, easily) or (mot, “cannot”).