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Definition of 'find'

Noun

  1. a productive insight
       Synonyms: discovery breakthrough
  2. the act of discovering something
       Synonyms: discovery uncovering

Verb

  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"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: detect observe 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!"
       Synonyms: regain
       Antonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: discover
  9. make a discovery; "She found that he had lied to her"; "The story is false, so far as I can discover"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: recover retrieve 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"
       Synonyms: find oneself


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