Find v. t. [imp. & p. p. Found p. pr. & vb. n. Finding.]
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. “I find you passing gentle.”
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. 7.
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 £14 and all found. --London Times.
Nothing a day and find yourself. --Dickens.
5. To arrive at, as a conclusion; to determine as true; to establish; as, to find a verdict; to find a true bill (of indictment) against an accused person.
To find his title with some shows of truth. --Shak.
To find out, to detect (a thief); to discover (a secret) -- to solve or unriddle (a parable or enigma); to understand. “Canst thou by searching find out God?” --Job. xi. 7. “We do hope to find out all your tricks.” --Milton.
To find fault with, to blame; to censure.
To find one's self, to be; to fare; -- often used in speaking of health; as, how do you find yourself this morning?
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.
Find, n. Anything found; a discovery of anything valuable; especially, a deposit, discovered by archæologists, of objects of prehistoric or unknown origin.
n 1: a productive insight [syn: discovery, breakthrough]
2: the act of discovering something [syn: discovery, uncovering]
v 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" [syn: 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" [syn: detect, observe,
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!" [syn: regain] [ant: lose]
4: 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" [syn:
determine, 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" [syn: feel]
6: perceive or be contemporaneous with; "We found Republicans
winning the offices"; "You'll see a lot of cheating in
this school"; "I want to see results"; "The 1960 saw the
rebellion of the younger generation against established
traditions"; "I want to see results" [syn: witness, 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" [syn: line up, get hold, come up]
8: make a discovery, make a new finding; "Roentgen discovered
X-rays"; "Physicists believe they found a new elementary
particle" [syn: discover]
9: make a discovery; "She found that he had lied to her"; "The
story is false, so far as I can discover" [syn: discover]
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" [syn: rule]
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" [syn: receive,
get, 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"
[syn: recover, retrieve, regain]
15: succeed in reaching; arrive at; "The arrrow found its mark"
16: accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and
situation; "My son went to Berkeley to find himself"
[syn: find oneself]