verb (past and past participle found /faʊnd/)[with object]
- 1Discover or perceive by chance or unexpectedly: Lindsey looked up to find Niall watching her the remains of a headless body had been foundMore example sentences
- The chances of finding the Thai Millennium coins in your change are very small.
- How would you rate the chances of finding something good to eat at 6pm on a Sunday in a small village?
- Detectives said that the body had been found in plastic bags which had been wrapped in a quilt cover.
- 1.1Discover after a deliberate search: I can’t find my keys the sailor and his crew were found safe and well last nightMore example sentences
locate, spot, pinpoint, unearth, obtain, detect, put one's finger on; search out, nose out, track down, dig up, hunt out, root out, sniff out, smell out; come across, chance on, light on, happen on, stumble on, hit on, encounter, run across, run into, come upon• informal bump intoretrieve, recover, get back, regain, repossess, recoup, recuperate, reclaim
- They said it was a drug search, but they found nothing and damaged everything.
- Each answer can be found by searching on the Web, or digging deep in your mind.
- Adams immediately telephoned the police but when officers searched the area they found nothing.
- 1.2 (find oneself) Discover oneself to be in a particular situation: phobia sufferers often find themselves virtual prisoners in their own homeMore example sentences
- Mum Julie says that if her daughter had known where to go for advice she might not have found herself in this situation.
- I find myself very much in agreement with the underlying principles of the bill.
- At age 14, she found herself a national and international heroine, and graced the covers of Sports Illustrated and Newsweek Magazine.
- 1.3Succeed in obtaining (something): he’s still struggling to find the money for the tripMore example sentences
- The second quarter drew a total blank on the scoreboard as neither side succeeded in finding the range against tight marking defenders.
- One way for young writers to succeed is to find new angles and ways to treat the same theme.
- Those who do not expect to succeed can always find an excuse to cover their faults.
- 1.4Summon up (a quality, especially courage) with an effort: I found the courage to speakMore example sentences
- When eventually the necessary courage can be found, the car's ready to respond.
- He finds just enough courage to annoy Billy Jack and get his throat crushed in an awesome display of Billy Jack's prowess in the martial arts.
- Becoming motivated to overcome the fears of change allows you to find the courage to succeed.
- 1.5 [no object] (Of hunters or hounds) discover game, especially a fox: Lady Montego heard the new halloo—they had foundMore example sentences
- This means that when some hounds are dragging or have found, the rest either never get to them or run in straggled batches.
- Hounds moved off to draw Pinner Wood, where they found and went away across Hallows Farm, down Mapley and ran swiftly to Lannersmead, where he went to ground.
- Hounds soon found at Red Deer Plantation.
- 2Identify (something) as being present: vitamin B12 is found in dairy products a rare species found only in the Italian AlpsMore example sentences
- Also, the high placebo response rate made finding a statistical difference almost impossible.
- However, geochronological evidence for such processes has not been found yet.
- This bird can be found all across Canada.
- 2.1Discover or experience to be the case: [with object and infinitive]: the majority of staff find the magazine to be informative and useful [with clause]: she found that none of the local nursery schools had an available slotMore example sentences
- It was a great surprise to buy a copy by chance and find the Evening Press is now lively and informative.
- When James I succeeded Elizabeth, he found his new kingdom at war with Spain in support of the Dutch.
- Well, we find also that air quality has an impact on the size of the raindrops.
- 2.2Ascertain by study, calculation, or inquiry: the class are encouraged to find their own solutions to problemsMore example sentences
- In addition, oestrogen has been found to improve quality of life in the short term.
- The researchers found a solution that is not seen every day.
- Researchers found a simple solution that can double the shelf life of proteas and can especially benefit the export market.
- 2.3 (find oneself) Discover the fundamental truths about one’s own character and identity.More example sentences
- I didn't need a semester abroad to meet new people and ‘find myself.’
- In the time shortly after her revelation she not only ‘found herself’ she also found out who her true friends were.
- 2.4 [with object and complement] Experience or regard (something) in a specified way: both men found it difficult to put ideas into wordsMore example sentences
- People find it very amusing to make fun of his stupidity.
- I still couldn't come to grips with him being so different, but I found his differences interesting.
- Within hours of joining, she found the job easy and decided to attend work daily.
- 2.5 Law (Of a court) officially declare to be the case: [with object and complement]: he was found guilty of speeding [with clause]: the court found that a police lab expert had fabricated evidenceMore example sentences
- This section applies if a court finds an adult guilty of an indictable offence.
- He denied the rape when he appeared at Luton Crown Court but was found guilty and sentenced to seven years on Monday.
- The jury at Glasgow High Court found him not guilty of two other charges of abusing a third boy and a young girl.
- 3Reach or arrive at by a natural or normal process: water finds its own levelMore example sentences
- These features of American and English lyrics have also found their way into German rock.
- Like water it finds the broad and easy path, the lowest point.
- Like love, friendship finds its own natural level, I think.
- 3.1 (find one's way) Reach one’s destination, typically without first knowing how to get there: she’ll never find her way to the house on her ownMore example sentences
- Me and Chris wandered aimlessly, found our way to Claire's house, went in while they were out, and ate their food.
- We wandered around downtown and found our way to the red-light district.
- So, taking the few things he could call his own, he found his way to a traveling circus that would have him.
- 3.2(Of a letter) reach (someone).More example sentences
- I'd love to contact this girl because she was really sweet and I hope this letter will find her.
- I hope this letter finds you exceptionally fine.
- I hope that this letter finds you in good spirits.
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- 1A discovery of something valuable, typically something of archaeological interest: he made his most spectacular finds in the Valley of the KingsMore example sentences
- For the creationist, the new fossil find is no problem at all.
- Valuable finds can turn up in the most unlikely of places.
- Art expert Shirley Graham at Leeds City Art Gallery said the cache was a valuable find.
- 1.1A person who is discovered to be useful or interesting in some way: Ted had turned out to be a real findMore example sentences
- Musa Smith and Onterrio Smith intrigue more than a few teams and could end up being the real finds in this year's crop.
- But the real acting finds here are Jonathan Jackson and Katharine Isabelle.
- Rookie of the year Evgeni Nabokov, 26, was a real find.
- British • dated (Of an employee’s wages) with board and lodging provided free: your wages would be five shillings all foundMore example sentences
- It's the chance of a lifetime and we don't have to pay anything - all found.
- Their pay will be 35s weekly, all found.
- see fault.
- Be liked or prove acceptable: the ballets did not find favour with the publicMore example sentences
- If cosmetic, commercial reality has found favour, spare a thought for those playwrights who have taken the people's idiom and heightened it with poetic overtones.
- Cosmetic dentistry has now found favour among the beauty conscious, especially those who know that a presentable set of teeth is the secret behind a good smile.
- This model's off-road abilities quickly found favour, notably with rural communities, postal services and telephone and electricity utilities across continental Europe.
find one's feet
- Stand up and become able to walk.More example sentences
- Azure stood up, finding her feet at last, and grabbed the sword almost as an afterthought.
- He began to rise from the couch when Zoë found her feet and began running towards her home.
- Brooke climbed to her feet once she found her feet again, and gave Adam an annoyed look of her own.
- Become confident or successful in a particular field or activity: it was in in Germany that Kennedy found his feet as a performerMore example sentences
- Hardly the man, you'd have thought, to be charged with helping small farmers reeling from the effects of foot and mouth begin to find their feet again.
- Heworth started slowly but eventually found their feet with skipper Gareth Watson also crossing and Potter adding goals for a 24-4 interval lead.
- Murphy continued that all went well with her class of 27 new pupils that morning; that they had all settled well and found their feet quite quickly.
- Experience a religious conversion or awakening.More example sentences
- If people want to find God or religion, it is something they ought to be able to do themselves, and should not be pushed or hassled into it.
- He had done so in the mistaken belief that by living a solitary existence, far from the religious confusion of his day, he might find God.
- The most die-hard atheist or skeptic may suddenly find God when faced with extreme suffering or danger.
find it in one's heart to do something
- Allow or force oneself to do something: Seb could not find it in his heart to dislike PlunkettMore example sentences
- I love you Emily, please I hope some day you will find it in your heart to forgive me, or at least allow me to say how truly sorry I am.
- I wish you could have found it in your heart to sit down with me and discuss this instead of airing our dirty laundry in public as you have done in the past.
- Sometimes humans try to destroy you even when you find it in your heart to do your best to assist them and elevate them from hovel to palace.
- Law (Of a court) make a decision against or judge to be guilty.More example sentences
- On both these issues of fact the judge found against the claimants.
- I do not need to deal with this point as it was not a ground on which the judge found against the Appellants.
- The final point on which the judge found against the appellant was that the claim the appellant was making was in effect that of the bank and not her claim.
- Law (Of a court) make a decision in favour of, or judge to be innocent: the Court of Exchequer found for the plaintiffsMore example sentences
- The court should find for the Attorney General on this one - a public nuisance need not arise from the use of land.
- For those reasons we respectfully submit that the Court should find for the defendants in relation to this claim.
- The judge found in favour of the claimant against both the first and second defendants for damages to be assessed, subject to a deduction of 50% in respect of contributory negligence.
find someone out
- Detect a person’s immoral or offensive actions: she would always find him out if he tried to lieMore example sentences
- Even if he does dispose of these assets, there will always be the accusation that he only did so once he was found out.
- It was inevitable that you would be found out and convicted but in my view you were good at taking people in - you made it an art form.
- Don't try to fabricate anything on your CV, and don't try to hide anything at the interview, because you will be found out.
find something out (or find out about something)
- Discover a fact: he hadn’t time to find out what was bothering herMore example sentences
discover, become aware, learn, detect, discern, perceive, observe, notice, note, get/come to know, work out, deduce, fathom out, realize; bring to light, reveal, expose, unearth, disclose, lay bare, unmask, ferret out, dig out/up; establish, determine, make certain of, pin down, grasp• informal figure out, get a fix on, latch on to, cotton on to, catch on to, tumble to, rumble, get the picture, get the message, get the drift, get wise, have an aha momentNorth American • informal savvy• rare cognize
- Wiseman said: ‘It's quite crazy the fact that we just found out about the plans by chance.’
- So the incident was covered up until a few local veteran detectives found out about it and decided to act.
- However, as he gets older and the risks are more serious, it becomes inevitable that his secret will be found out.
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- The newspapers have been full of articles about every findable detail about what might have gone wrong, and what was really happening in the last six months.
- In an age where everything is searchable and findable, some news organizations have chosen to make their archives available only to paying customers.
- One way or another, he's findable and he's out there.
Old English findan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vinden and German finden.