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  Definition of Find
  1. the act of discovering something
  2. a productive insight
  3. accept and make use of one''s personality, abilities, and situation; "My son went to Berkeley to find himself"
  4. receive a specified treatment (abstract); "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"
  5. come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds; "I feel that he doesn''t like me"; "I find him to be obnoxious"; "I found the movie rather entertaining"
  6. make a discovery; "She found that he had lied to her"; "The story is false, so far as I can discover"
  7. after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study; "find the product of two numbers"; "The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize"
  8. decide on and make a declaration about; "find someone guilty"
  9. make a discovery, make a new finding; "Roentgen discovered X-rays"; "Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle"
  10. succeed in reaching; arrive at; "The arrrow found its mark"
  11. perceive or be contemporaneous with; "We found Republicans winning the offices"; "You''ll see a lot of cheating in this school"; "I want to see results"; "The 1960 saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions"; "I want to see
  12. discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of; "She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water"; "We found traces of lead in the paint"
  13. perceive oneself to be in a certain condition or place; "I found myself in a difficult situation"; "When he woke up, he found himself in a hospital room"
  14. obtain through effort or management; "She found the time and energy to take care of her aging parents"; "We found the money to send our sons to college"
  15. get something or somebody for a specific purpose; "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"
  16. get or find back; recover the use of; "She regained control of herself"; "She found her voice and replied quickly"
  17. come upon, as if by accident; meet with; "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"
  18. come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost; "Did you find your glasses?"; "I cannot find my gloves!"
Similar Words: discovery, uncovering, breakthrough, find oneself, receive, get, obtain, incur, feel, discover, determine, find out, ascertain, rule, witness, see, detect, observe, notice, line up, get hold, come up, recover, retrieve, regain, happen, chance, bump, encounter


See Also: learn, hear, get word, get wind, pick up, find out, get a line, discover, see


Hyponyms: detection, catching, espial, spying, spotting, self-discovery, breakthrough, determination, finding, rediscovery, take, rake up, ferret out, ferret, gauge, translate, rectify, redetermine, sequence, refract, count, number, enumerate, numerate, admeasure, situate, locate, catch, find out, catch out, sense, instantiate, trace, see, access, feel, turn up, fall upon, strike, come upon, light upon, chance upon, come across, chance on, happen upon, attain, discover, rout up, rout out


Grouped Verbs: get, acquire, rule, discover, determine, check, find out, see, ascertain, watch, learn, feel, detect, observe, notice, hear, get word, get wind, pick up, get a line, witness, regain, recover, retrieve


Derivational Morphology: discover, regain, detect, observe, notice, happen, chance, bump, encounter, fall upon, strike, come upon, light upon, chance upon, come across, chance on, happen upon, attain, learn, hear, get word, get wind, pick up, find out, get a line, see, determine, ascertain, feel, impression, feeling, belief, notion, opinion, discovery, uncovering, breakthrough, finding, decision, determination, conclusion, ruling, inventor, discoverer, artificer, finder, spotter, spectator, witness, viewer, watcher, looker, observation, observance, perceiver, observer, beholder, reflection, reflexion, detection, catching, espial, spying, spotting, detector, sensor, sensing element, detecting, detective work, sleuthing, restitution, return, restoration, regaining, recovery, retrieval, rescuer, recoverer, saver, meeting


Language Translations:
Arabic: وَجَدَ   Danish: finde  
Dutch: vinden   Esperanto: trovi  
Finnish: löytää   French: trouver  
German: finden   Hebrew: לימצו  
Italian: trovare   Japanese: 発見  
Latin: invenire   Latvian: atrast  
Lithuanian: surasti   Polish: znajdować  
Portuguese: achar   Romanian: găsi  
Russian: найти   Slovene: najti  
Spanish: encontrar   Swedish: finna  
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