From Middle English finden, from Old English findan, from Proto-West Germanic *finþan, from Proto-Germanic *finþaną (compare West Frisian fine, Low German finden, Dutch vinden, German finden, Danish finde, Norwegian Bokmål finne, Norwegian Nynorsk and Swedish finna), a secondary verb from Proto-Indo-European *pent- (“to go, pass; path bridge”), *póntoh₁s (compare English path, Old Irish étain (“I find”), áitt (“place”), Latin pōns (“bridge”), Ancient Greek πόντος (póntos, “sea”), Old Armenian հուն (hun, “ford”), Avestan 𐬞𐬀𐬧𐬙𐬃 (paṇtā̊), Sanskrit पथ (pathá, “path”)), Proto-Slavic *pǫtь.
- (transitive) To encounter or discover by accident; to happen upon.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Iulius Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i]:
- Searching the window for a flint, I found/This paper, thus sealed up.
- a. 1667, Abraham Cowley, The Request
- Among the Woods and Forests thou art found.
- (transitive) To encounter or discover something being searched for; to locate.
- I found my car keys. They were under the couch.
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter 2, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., OCLC 222716698:
- I had occasion to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town.
- 2013 July 20, “Welcome to the plastisphere”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
- Plastics are energy-rich substances, which is why many of them burn so readily. Any organism that could unlock and use that energy would do well in the Anthropocene. Terrestrial bacteria and fungi which can manage this trick are already familiar to experts in the field. Dr Mincer and Dr Amaral-Zettler found evidence of them on their marine plastic, too.
- (ditransitive) To discover by study or experiment direct to an object or end.
- Water is found to be a compound substance.
- (transitive) To gain, as the object of desire or effort.
- to find leisure; to find means
- (transitive) To attain to; to arrive at; to acquire.
- Looks like he found a new vehicle for himself!
- (transitive) To point out.
- He kept finding faults with my work.
- (ditransitive) To decide that, to discover that, to form the opinion that.
- I find your argument unsatisfactory.
- c. 1590–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i]:
- I find you passing gentle.
- 1647, Abraham Cowley, The Request
- The torrid zone is now found habitable.
- 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 1, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
- “ the awfully hearty sort of Christmas cards that people do send to other people that they don't know at all well. You know. The kind that have mottoes And then, when you see [the senders], you probably find that they are the most melancholy old folk with malignant diseases.
- (transitive) To arrive at, as a conclusion; to determine as true; to establish.
- to find a verdict; to find a true bill (of indictment) against an accused person
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene ii]:
- to find his title with some shows of truth
- (transitive, archaic) To supply; to furnish.
- to find food for workmen
- (transitive, archaic) To provide for
- He finds his nephew in money.
- 1871, Charles Kingsley, At Last: a Christmas in the West Indies
- Nothing a day and find yourself.
- 1892, W. E. Swanton, Notes on New Zealand
- the pay is good, the musterer receiving ten shillings a day, and all found, all the time he is engaged on the "run," even should he be compelled to remain idle on account of rain or mist.
- (intransitive, law) To determine or judge.
- The jury finds for the defendant.
- (intransitive, hunting) To discover game.
- 1945, Nancy Mitford, The Pursuit of Love, Penguin 2010, page 57:
- They found at once, and there was a short sharp run, during which Linda and Tony, both in a somewhat showing-off mood, rode side by side over the stone walls.
- 1945, Nancy Mitford, The Pursuit of Love, Penguin 2010, page 57:
- See also Thesaurus:deem
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find (plural finds)
- Anything that is found (usually valuable), as objects on an archeological site or a person with talent.
- The act of finding.
- (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- find in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- find in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- imperative of
find (plural findes)
- Alternative form of