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find - Dictionary definition and meaning for word find

Definition
(noun) a productive insight
Synonyms : breakthrough , discovery

Definition
(noun) the act of discovering something
Synonyms : discovery , uncovering

Definition
(verb) come upon, as if by accident; meet with
Synonyms : bump , chance , encounter , happen
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
Synonyms : detect , discover , notice , observe
Example Sentence
  • She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water
  • We found traces of lead in the paint

Definition
(verb) come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost
Synonyms : regain
Example Sentence
  • Did you find your glasses?
  • I cannot find my gloves!

Definition
(verb) establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
Synonyms : ascertain , determine , find out
Example Sentence
  • find the product of two numbers
  • The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize

Definition
(verb) come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds
Synonyms : feel
Example Sentence
  • I feel that he doesn't like me
  • I find him to be obnoxious
  • I found the movie rather entertaining

Definition
(verb) perceive or be contemporaneous with
Synonyms : see , witness
Example Sentence
  • We found Republicans winning the offices
  • You'll see a lot of cheating in this school
  • The 1960's saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions
  • I want to see results

Definition
(verb) get something or somebody for a specific purpose
Synonyms : come up , get hold , line up
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) make a discovery, make a new finding
Synonyms : discover
Example Sentence
  • Roentgen discovered X-rays
  • Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle

Definition
(verb) make a discovery
Synonyms : discover
Example Sentence
  • She found that he had lied to her
  • The story is false, so far as I can discover

Definition
(verb) obtain through effort or management
Example Sentence
  • She found the time and energy to take care of her aging parents
  • We found the money to send our sons to college

Definition
(verb) decide on and make a declaration about
Synonyms : rule
Example Sentence
  • find someone guilty

Definition
(verb) receive a specified treatment (abstract)
Synonyms : get , incur , obtain , receive
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) perceive oneself to be in a certain condition or place
Example Sentence
  • I found myself in a difficult situation
  • When he woke up, he found himself in a hospital room

Definition
(verb) get or find back; recover the use of
Synonyms : recover , regain , retrieve
Example Sentence
  • She regained control of herself
  • She found her voice and replied quickly

Definition
(verb) succeed in reaching; arrive at
Example Sentence
  • The arrow found its mark

Definition
(verb) accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation
Synonyms : find oneself
Example Sentence
  • My son went to Berkeley to find himself

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