- a thing that is found or discovered
- the conclusion reached after a judicial inquiry; verdict
- (plural) US the tools and equipment of an artisan
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Often, findings. [plural] something that is found out.
- Lawa judicial decision or verdict.
- Governmenta U.S. presidential order authorizing an action.
- the act of a person or thing that finds;
- Often, findings. something that is found or ascertained.
- Lawa decision or verdict after judicial inquiry.
- findings, tools, materials, etc., used by artisans.
- bef. 1000; Middle English, Old English; see find, -ing1
- to come upon by chance;
meet with:[~ + object]to find a dime in the street.
- to locate by search or effort:[~ + object]to find an apartment.
- to recover (something lost):[~ + object]I found my watch under the clothes.
- [usually not: be + ~-ing] to discover or perceive (something) after thinking about it or experiencing it: [~ + object + to + verb]to find something to be true.[~ + object + adjective + to + verb]I found it hard to believe that they would betray me.[~ + (that) clause]I found that money can't buy happiness.
- (used with impersonal subjects like "one'' or "you'', or in the passive form, be found) exist:[not: be + ~-ing; ~ + object]One/You won't find much rainfall in the desert.
- to gain or regain the use of:[usually not: be + ~-ing; ~ + object]Where does the school find the money to get computers every year?
- to figure out by study or calculation:[~ + object]to find the sum of several numbers.
- to feel;
perceive:[~ + object]I found some peace at work.
- to become aware of (oneself), as being in a certain condition or place:[~ + oneself]She awoke to find herself back home.
- Law[not: be + ~-ing]
- [~ + object + adjective] to determine after judicial inquiry:to find a person guilty.
- [~ + for + object] to determine or decide an issue after a trial:The jury found for the defendant.
- find out:
- to discover, expose, or confirm: [~ + out + object]The detective couldn't find out anything about that suspect.
- [~ + object + out] to uncover and expose the true nature of (someone):You will be found out if you lie.
- something found, esp. a valuable or gratifying discovery:What a find: gold, bullion, and old Spanish coins.
- Idiomsfind oneself, to discover and pursue one's genuine interests and talents:He took a year off from school in order to find himself.
find•er, n. [countable]
- to come upon by chance;
meet with:He found a nickel in the street.
- to locate, attain, or obtain by search or effort:to find an apartment; to find happiness.
- to locate or recover (something lost or misplaced):I can't find my blue socks.
- to discover or perceive after consideration:to find something to be true.
- to gain or regain the use of:His anger finally helped him find his tongue.
- to ascertain by study or calculation:to find the sum of several numbers.
- to feel or perceive:He finds it so.
- to become aware of, or discover (oneself ), as being in a condition or location:After a long illness, he found himself well again. She woke to find herself at home.
- to discover:Columbus found America in 1492.
- to determine after judicial inquiry:to find a person guilty.
- to pronounce as an official act (an indictment, verdict, or judgment).
- to provide or furnish:Bring blankets and we'll find the rest of the equipment for the trip.
- Dialect Terms[South Midland and Southern U.S.](of farm animals) to give birth to:The brown cow found a calf yesterday.
- Lawto determine an issue after judicial inquiry:The jury found for the plaintiff.
- British Terms, Sport[Hunting Brit.]to come upon game.
- find fault. See fault (def. 12).
- Idiomsfind oneself, to discover where one's real interests or talents lie, and follow them:After trying many occupations, he finally found himself and became an account executive.
- find out:
- to discover or confirm the truth of (something).
- to detect or expose, as a crime or offense.
- to uncover the true nature, identity, or intentions of (someone):They found him out before he could launch the rebellion.
- an act of finding or discovering.
- something found;
a discovery, esp. a valuable or gratifying one:Our cook was a find.
- Sport[Hunting.]a discovery of game, esp. foxes.
- bef. 900; Middle English finden, Old English findan; cognate with German finden, Dutch vinden, Old Norse finna, Gothic finthan
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged achieve, win, earn, acquire.
- to meet with or discover by chance
- to discover or obtain, esp by search or effort: to find happiness
- (may take a clause as object) to become aware of; realize: he found that nobody knew
- (may take a clause as object) to regard as being; consider: I find this wine a little sour
- to look for and point out (something to be criticized): to find fault
- (also intr) to determine an issue after judicial inquiry and pronounce a verdict (upon): the court found the accused guilty
- to regain (something lost or not functioning): to find one's tongue
- to reach (a target): the bullet found its mark
- to provide, esp with difficulty: we'll find room for you too
- to be able to pay: I can't find that amount of money
- find oneself ⇒ to realize and accept one's real character; discover one's true vocation
- find one's feet ⇒ to become capable or confident, as in a new job
- a person, thing, etc, that is found, esp a valuable or fortunate discovery