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Pronunciation: /faɪnd/

Translation of find in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado found)

  • 1 (sth lost or hidden) encontrar* look what I've found! ¡mira lo que he encontrado! I can't find it anywhere no lo encuentro por ninguna parte to find one's way it's difficult to find one's way around this town es difícil orientarse or no perderse en esta ciudad you'll soon find your way around the office/system en poco tiempo te familiarizarás con la oficina/el sistema how did the cat manage to find its way in here? ¿cómo se las habrá ingeniado or arreglado el gato para meterse aquí? can you find your way there by yourself? ¿sabes ir solo? I'll find my own way home/out no te molestes en acompañarme (a casa/a la puerta)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 (come across, come upon) encontrar* I found the door wide open encontré la puerta abierta de par en par I woke up to find him gone cuando me desperté, me encontré con que se había ido she found him in lo encontró en su casa ( or en la oficina etc) there wasn't a soul to be found no había un alma I wanted to buy some cherries but there were none to be found quería comprar cerezas pero no había por ninguna parte you do occasionally find the odd exception de vez en cuando te encuentras (con) una excepción a la regla I hope this letter finds you well espero que al recibir esta carta te encuentres bien this species is found all over Europe esta especie se encuentra en toda Europa
  • 3 3.1 (ascertain, discover) [solution/cause/answer] encontrar* she was found to be dead on arrival falleció antes de llegar al hospital, ingresó cadáver (Spain/España) he was found to have Aids descubrieron que tenía el sida I found (that) it was easier to do it this way descubrí que era más fácil hacerlo así I think you'll find (that) I'm right ya verás como tengo razón I think you'll find (that) it's too far to walk mire que queda demasiado lejos como para ir a pie 3.2 [Law/Derecho] to find sb guilty/not guilty declarar or hallar a algn culpable/inocente how do you find the accused? ¿cuál es su veredicto? the tribunal found that … el tribunal declaró or falló que …
    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.
    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.
    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.
  • 4 (experience as) encontrar* she finds him attractive lo encuentra or le resulta or le parece atractivo he found her a great comfort encontró or halló en ella un gran consuelo he found her a bore le resultaba or le parecía aburridísima, la encontraba aburridísima I find it difficult to concentrate me es or me resulta difícil concentrarme I find it easier to do it like this me es or me resulta más fácil hacerlo así I find that hard to believe! ¡me cuesta creerlo! I find it very strange that nobody turned up me parece muy raro que no haya venido nadie
    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.
  • 5 5.1 (obtain, acquire) [room/house/replacement] encontrar* how can we find $20,000 by tomorrow? ¿cómo vamos a conseguir or de dónde vamos a sacar 20.000 dólares antes de mañana? you'll have to find a better excuse te vas a tener que buscar una excusa mejor I couldn't find it in my heart to refuse no tuve el valor or no fui capaz de negarme she still finds (the) time to study todavía saca or encuentra tiempo para estudiar to find happiness/God encontrar* la felicidad/a Dios I found great pleasure in music la música me proporcionaba un gran placer she found in him a willing listener encontró en él a alguien dispuesto a escuchar 5.2 (provide with) to find sb sth encontrarle* algo a algn he found us a room nos encontró una habitación
    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.
  • 6 (reach) [literary/literario] [target/goal] alcanzar*
    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.

reflexive verb/verbo reflexivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado found)

to find oneself
  • 1.1 (discover) (+ adverb complement/+ adverbio predicativo) encontrarse* he found himself in a strange bedroom se encontró en una habitación desconocida I now find myself in a position to … ahora me encuentro en circunstancias de … I found myself unable to answer their questions fui or me vi incapaz de responder a sus preguntas I found myself trembling me di cuenta de que estaba temblando if you're not careful, you'll find yourself in trouble si no tienes cuidado te vas a ver en problemas 1.2 (discover identity, vocation) encontrarse* a sí ( oretc) mismo
    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.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado found)

  • [Law/Derecho] to find for/against sb fallar a favor de/contra algn

noun/nombre

Phrasal verbs

find out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 1.1 (discover) [secret/truth] descubrir* [address/name] (by making enquiries) averiguar* they found out (that) he'd been cheating them se enteraron de que or descubrieron que los había estado engañando he's gone to find out when the flight is due in ha ido a averiguar a qué hora llega el vuelo find out more by phoning our information service infórmese llamando a nuestro servicio de informaciónto find sth out from sb we're hoping to find out more from Robert esperamos enterarnos de más por intermedio de Robert, esperamos que Robert nos dé más información 1.2 (detect) (usually passive/normalmente en voz pasiva) I was afraid of being found out tenía miedo de que me descubrieran the conspiracy was soon found out pronto se descubrió el complot 1.1verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio 2.1 (learn) enterarse you'll find out soon enough ya te enterarás I didn't find out till yesterday no me enteré or no supe hasta ayer to find out about sth enterarse de algo my parents found out about my missing school mis padres se enteraron de que or descubrieron que había faltado al colegio 2.2 (make inquiries) averiguar* you'll have to find out for yourself tendrás que averiguarlo por tus propios mediosto find out about sth I phoned to find out about flights to New York llamé para preguntar or informarme sobre vuelos a Nueva York

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