find

To find something means to discover it. When you're strolling through a green field, you might try to find a four-leaf clover.

You can find something deliberately, or by stumbling upon it, like when you find a five-dollar bill on the sidewalk. In this meaning, find means obtain, but it can also mean observe, such as when you find that reading in dim light gives you a headache. As a noun, find is the thing you discover, like your elephant costume, the best find in day of garage sale shopping.

Definitions of find
  1. verb
    discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
    “We found traces of lead in the paint”
    synonyms: detect, discover, notice, observe
    discover
    make a discovery, make a new finding
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    catch out, find out
    trap; especially in an error or in a reprehensible act
    sense
    detect some circumstance or entity automatically
    instantiate
    find an instance of (a word or particular usage of a word)
    trace
    discover traces of
    see
    observe as if with an eye
    type of:
    sight, spy
    catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes
  2. verb
    make a discovery, make a new finding
    “Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle”
    synonyms: discover
    discover
    make a discovery
    ascertain, determine, find out
    establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
    detect, discover, notice, observe
    discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
  3. verb
    make a discovery
    “She found that he had lied to her”
    synonyms: discover
    discover
    make a discovery, make a new finding
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    rake up
    bring to light
    ferret, ferret out
    search and discover through persistent investigation
    type of:
    discover, find out, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, learn, pick up, see
    get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
  4. verb
    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”
    synonyms: ascertain, determine, find out
    ascertain, check, determine, find out, learn, see, watch
    find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort
    discover
    make a discovery, make a new finding
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    gauge
    determine the capacity, volume, or contents of by measurement and calculation
    translate
    determine the amino-acid sequence of a protein during its synthesis by using information on the messenger RNA
    rectify
    math: determine the length of
    redetermine
    fix, find, or establish again
    sequence
    determine the order of constituents in
    refract
    determine the refracting power of (a lens)
    count, enumerate, number, numerate
    determine the number or amount of
    admeasure
    determine the quantity of someone's share
    locate, situate
    determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of, as if by an instrument or by a survey
    recount
    count again
    miscount
    count wrongly
    census
    conduct a census
    add, add together, add up, sum, sum up, summate, tally, tot, tot up, total, tote up
    determine the sum of
    acquire
    locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar
    radiolocate
    locate by means of radar
    map
    locate within a specific region of a chromosome in relation to known DNA or gene sequences
    localise, localize, place
    identify the location or place of
    base
    situate as a center of operations
  5. noun
    the act of discovering something
    synonyms: discovery, uncovering
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    tracing
    the discovery and description of the course of development of something
    catching, detection, espial, spotting, spying
    the act of detecting something; catching sight of something
    self-discovery
    discovering your own individuality
    breakthrough
    making an important discovery
    determination, finding
    the act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation
    rediscovery
    the act of discovering again
    designation, identification
    the act of designating or identifying something
    resolution, solving
    finding a solution to a problem
    proof, substantiation, validation
    the act of validating; finding or testing the truth of something
    disproof, falsification, falsifying, refutal, refutation
    the act of determining that something is false
    fix, localisation, localization, locating, location
    a determination of the place where something is
    predetermination
    the act of determining or ordaining in advance what is to take place
    rectification
    determination of the length of a curve; finding a straight line equal in length to a given curve
    redetermination
    determining again
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    act, deed, human action, human activity
    something that people do or cause to happen
  6. verb
    come upon, as if by accident; meet with
    “We find this idea in Plato”
    synonyms: bump, chance, encounter, happen
  7. verb
    perceive or be contemporaneous with
    “We found Republicans winning the offices”
    synonyms: see, witness
    discover, find out, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, learn, pick up, see
    get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
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    catch
    become aware of
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    experience, go through, see
    go or live through
  8. verb
    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”
    Synonyms:
    see, witness
    perceive or be contemporaneous with
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    comprehend, perceive
    to become aware of through the senses
  9. verb
    accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation
    “My son went to Berkeley to find himself”
    synonyms: find oneself
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    grow, maturate, mature
    develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation
  10. verb
    come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost
    “Did you find your glasses?”
    “I cannot find my gloves!”
    synonyms: regain
    recover, regain, retrieve
    get or find back; recover the use of
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    lose
    miss from one's possessions; lose sight of
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    feel
    find by testing or cautious exploration
    locate, turn up
    discover the location of; determine the place of; find by searching or examining
    attain, chance on, chance upon, come across, come upon, discover, fall upon, happen upon, light upon, strike
    find unexpectedly
    rout out, rout up
    get or find by searching
    unearth
    bring to light
    nail, pinpoint
    locate exactly
    type of:
    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  11. verb
    get something or somebody for a specific purpose
    “I found this gadget that will serve as a bottle opener”
    synonyms: come up, get hold, line up
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    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  12. verb
    come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds
    “I find him to be obnoxious”
    “I found the movie rather entertaining”
    synonyms: feel
    rule
    decide on and make a declaration about
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    conclude, reason, reason out
    decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion
  13. verb
    decide on and make a declaration about
    find someone guilty”
    synonyms: rule
    feel
    come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds
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    judge, label, pronounce
    pronounce judgment on
  14. noun
    a productive insight
    synonyms: breakthrough, discovery
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    brainstorm, brainwave, insight
    the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation
  15. verb
    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”
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    regain
    come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost
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    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  16. verb
    get or find back; recover the use of
    “She found her voice and replied quickly”
    synonyms: recover, regain, retrieve
    regain
    come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost
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    access
    obtain or retrieve from a storage device; as of information on a computer
    address
    access or locate by address
    log in, log on, log-in
    enter a computer
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    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  17. verb
    receive a specified treatment (abstract)
    “These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation”
    synonyms: get, incur, obtain, receive
    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
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    take
    ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  18. verb
    succeed in reaching; arrive at
    “The arrow found its mark”
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    arrive at, attain, gain, hit, make, reach
    reach a destination, either real or abstract
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