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find out (third-person singular simple present finds out, present participle finding out, simple past and past participle found out)
- (idiomatic) To discover, as by asking or investigating.
- I don't know who the twenty-first president of the United States was, but it should be very easy to find out.
- 1912, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World […], London; New York, N.Y.: Hodder and Stoughton, →OCLC:
- "Why shouldn't somethin' new and wonderful lie in such a country? And why shouldn't we be the men to find it out?"
- 2020 December 2, Paul Bigland, “My weirdest and wackiest Rover yet”, in Rail, page 68:
- I haven't booked, so I don't have a clue as to whether the service will be busy or not. Supposedly, reservations are compulsory, but I want to find out what would happen if you just turn up.
- To discover or expose (someone) as disobedient, dishonest, etc.
- He had been fiddling the books for years, but finally he was found out.
- To uncover a weakness in (someone).
- He may cope with the multiple choice questions, but the written exam will find him out.
- If you don't try, you do not find it out.
to expose as dishonest
to uncover a weakness