- The definition of a find is something discovered, particularly something of worth and value.
An example of find is a bag that usually sells for $500 purchased for only $50.
- Find is defined as to come across something by chance or to locate something that was once lost.
- An example of find is to discover $10 lying in the road.
- An example of find is to discover missing car keys behind the bookcase.
A man finds money on the street.
transitive verbfound, finding
- to happen on; come upon; meet with; discover by chance
- to get by searching or by making an effort: find the answer
- to get sight or knowledge of; perceive; learn: I find that I was wrong
- to experience or feel: to find pleasure in music
- to get or recover (something lost): to find a missing book
- to get or recover the use of: we found our sea legs
- to realize as being; consider; think: to find a book boring
- to get to; reach; attain: the blow found his chin
- to declare after careful thought: the jury found him innocent
- to supply; furnish
Origin of findMiddle English finden ; from Old English findan, akin to German finden, Gothic finthan ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pent-, to walk, happen upon, find from source Classical Latin pons, a plank causeway, bridge
- the act of finding
- something found, esp. something interesting or valuable
- to learn what one's real talents and inclinations are, and begin to apply them
- to become aware of being: to find oneself in trouble
- to discover; learn
- to learn the true character or identity of (someone or something)
verbfound found , find·ing, finds
- To come upon, often by accident; meet with: found a dime on the floor.
- To come upon or discover by searching or making an effort: finally found the leak in the pipe.
- To discover or ascertain through observation, experience, or study: found a solution; find the product of two numbers; found that it didn't really matter.
- a. To perceive to be, after experience or consideration: found the gadget surprisingly useful; found the book entertaining.b. To experience or feel: found comfort in her smile.
- To recover (something lost): found her keys.
- To recover the use of; regain: found my voice and replied.
- To succeed in reaching; arrive at: The dart found its mark.
- To obtain or acquire by effort: found the money by economizing.
- To decide on and make a declaration about: The jury deliberated and found a verdict of guilty.
- To furnish; supply: We can find a bed for you somewhere in the house.
- a. To bring (oneself) to an awareness of what one truly wishes to be and do in life.b. To perceive (oneself) to be in a specific place or condition: found herself at home that night; found himself drawn to the stranger.
- The act of finding.
- Something that is found, especially an unexpectedly valuable discovery: The Rosetta stone was a providential archaeological find.
Origin of findMiddle English finden, from Old English findan; see pent- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present finds, present participle finding, simple past found or fand (dialectal), past participle found or (archaic) founden)
- To encounter or discover by accident; to happen upon.
- To encounter or discover something being searched for; to locate.
- I found my car keys. They were under the couch.
- To point out.
- He kept finding faults with my work.
- To decide that, to discover that, to form the opinion that.
- I find your argument unsatisfactory.
- (intransitive) To determine or judge.
- The jury finds for the defendant.
- To arrive at, as a conclusion; to determine as true; to establish.
- to find a verdict; to find a true bill (of indictment) against an accused person
- To discover by study or experiment direct to an object or end.
- Water is found to be a compound substance.
- To gain, as the object of desire or effort.
- to find leisure; to find means
- To attain to; to arrive at; to acquire.
- (archaic) To provide for; to supply; to furnish.
- to find food for workmen
- He finds his nephew in money.
- Anything that is found (usually valuable), as objects on an archeological site or a person with talent.
- The act of finding.
From Middle English finden, from Old English findan, from Proto-Germanic *finþaną (compare West Frisian fine, Low German finden, Dutch vinden, German finden, Danish finde, Swedish finna), a secondary verb from Proto-Indo-European *pent- (“to go, pass; path bridge”), *pontHo- (compare Old Irish étain (“I find”), áitt (“place”), Latin pōns (“bridge”), Ancient Greek [script?] (póntos, “sea”), Old Armenian հուն (hun, “ford”), Avestan [script?] (pantā) (gen. paþō), Sanskrit [script?] (pánthās, “path”).
find - Computer Definition
An external DOS/Windows command that provides a "case sensitive" search for text in a file. Find is also used to locate files based on the text within the file name (see filters and pipes). Grep is the Mac/Unix/Linux counterpart to Find; however, there are third-party grep utilities for Windows as well (see grep). The following example locates all the batch files in the current folder that contain the text XCOPY: find "xcopy" *.bat