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find  /fand/  v. [T] found /fand/, finding, finds 1 (syns.) to come across (in discovery by chance), stumble on (or) across, chance upon: I found $10 on the sidewalk. I came across $10 on the sidewalk. 2 (syns.) to realize, notice, as in learning from experience: She finds that she can lose weight just by eating less. She realizes that she can lose weight just by eating less. She notices that she can lose weight just by eating less. 3 (syn.) to search for s.t. (and find it): He found a new job (apartment, school, etc.). He searched for a new job. 4 (syns.) to reach s.t. or somewhere | regain, recover (one's way): The arrow found its target. The arrow reached its target. 5 (syn.) to meet s.o.: We found our friends waiting for us at the restaurant. We met our friends as they waited for us at the restaurant. 6 (syn.) to describe, as a reaction to s.o. or s.t.: She found the museum was fascinating. She described the museum as fascinating. 7 to find for or against s.o.: (in law) to decide that s.o. is guilty or not guilty: The jury found for the defendant (or) found the defendant not guilty. 8 to find it in one's heart: to search deeply within oneself for kind feelings: He could not find it in his heart to forgive her. 9 to find it (odd, unusual, unlikely, etc.) that: to make an observation that s.t. is strange: I find it odd that my friend hasn't called recently; I hope he's not ill. 10 to find oneself: to discover one's true abilities and be at peace with oneself: She is doing well as a lawyer and has finally found herself. 11 to find one's way clear to do s.t.: to agree to do s.t. unlikely or difficult: After much discussion, the bank found its way clear to give me a loan. 12 phrasal v. sep. [T] to find s.o. out: to discover s.o. is guilty of a wrongdoing, (syn.) to unmask: He was stealing from the company, but the manager found him out. 13 phrasal v. sep. [I;T] to find s.t. out: to learn, (syn.) to uncover: I just found out that the payment is due tomorrow.||I found it out. 14 to find the use of: to be able to use again, esp. an arm, leg, or sense: He was hurt but gradually found the use of his injured legs.
n. a valuable discovery: The deep sea treasure was an exciting find.||The new secretary in my office is a real find.