(third-person singular simple present fands, present participle fanding, simple past and past participle fanded)
From Middle English fanden, fandien, from Old English fandian (“to try, attempt, tempt, test, examine, explore, search out, seek to know, experience, visit”), from Proto-Germanic *fandōną (“to seek, inquire”), from Proto-Indo-European *pent- (“to come, go”). Cognate with North Frisian fanljien (“to visit”), Dutch dialectal vanden, German fahnden (“to search”). Related to find.
- simple past tense of find.
From Middle English, from Old English fand, first and third-person singular preterite of Old English findan (“to find”).