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English Dictionary: find by the DICT Development Group
4 results for find
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a productive insight [syn: discovery, breakthrough, find]
  2. the act of discovering something
    Synonym(s): discovery, find, uncovering
  1. 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"
    Synonym(s): find, happen, chance, bump, encounter
  2. 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"
    Synonym(s): detect, observe, find, discover, notice
  3. come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost; "Did you find your glasses?"; "I cannot find my gloves!"
    Synonym(s): find, regain
    Antonym(s): lose
  4. establish 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"
    Synonym(s): determine, find, find out, ascertain
  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"
    Synonym(s): find, feel
  6. perceive or be contemporaneous with; "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"
    Synonym(s): witness, find, see
  7. 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"
    Synonym(s): line up, get hold, come up, find
  8. make a discovery, make a new finding; "Roentgen discovered X-rays"; "Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle"
    Synonym(s): discover, find
  9. make a discovery; "She found that he had lied to her"; "The story is false, so far as I can discover"
    Synonym(s): discover, find
  10. 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"
  11. decide on and make a declaration about; "find someone guilty"
    Synonym(s): rule, find
  12. 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"
    Synonym(s): receive, get, find, obtain, incur
  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. get or find back; recover the use of; "She regained control of herself"; "She found her voice and replied quickly"
    Synonym(s): recover, retrieve, find, regain
  15. succeed in reaching; arrive at; "The arrow found its mark"
  16. accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation; "My son went to Berkeley to find himself"
    Synonym(s): find oneself, find
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Find \Find\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Found}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Finding}.] [AS. findan; akin to D. vinden, OS. & OHG.
      findan, G. finden, Dan. finde, icel. & Sw. finna, Goth.
      fin[?]an; and perh. to L. petere to seek, Gr. [?] to fall,
      Skr. pat to fall, fly, E. petition.]
      1. To meet with, or light upon, accidentally; to gain the
            first sight or knowledge of, as of something new, or
            unknown; hence, to fall in with, as a person.
                     Searching the window for a flint, I found This
                     paper, thus sealed up.                        --Shak.
                     In woods and forests thou art found.   --Cowley.
      2. To learn by experience or trial; to perceive; to
            experience; to discover by the intellect or the feelings;
            to detect; to feel. [bd]I find you passing gentle.[b8]
                     The torrid zone is now found habitable. --Cowley.
      3. To come upon by seeking; as, to find something lost.
            (a) To discover by sounding; as, to find bottom.
            (b) To discover by study or experiment direct to an object
                  or end; as, water is found to be a compound substance.
            (c) To gain, as the object of desire or effort; as, to
                  find leisure; to find means.
            (d) To attain to; to arrive at; to acquire.
                           Seek, and ye shall find.               --Matt. vii.
                           Every mountain now hath found a tongue. --Byron.
      4. To provide for; to supply; to furnish; as, to find food
            for workemen; he finds his nephew in money.
                     Wages [9c]14 and all found.               --London
                     Nothing a day and find yourself.         --Dickens.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Find \Find\, v. i. (Law)
      To determine an issue of fact, and to declare such a
      determination to a court; as, the jury find for the
      plaintiff. --Burrill.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Find \Find\, n.
      Anything found; a discovery of anything valuable; especially,
      a deposit, discovered by arch[91]ologists, of objects of
      prehistoric or unknown origin.
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