Find Definition

Define what is Find?

1. breakthrough, find, discovery (noun)

a productive insight.


    brainstorm, brainwave, insight noun
    the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation.

    2. find, bump, encounter, chance, happen (verb)

    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.

    3. discovery, find, uncovering (noun)

    the act of discovering something.


      human action, human activity, act, deed noun
      something that people do or cause to happen.


      tracing noun
      the discovery and description of the course of development of something.

      espial, catching, detection, spotting, spying noun
      the act of detecting something; catching sight of something.

      self-discovery noun
      discovering your own individuality.

      breakthrough noun
      making an important discovery.

      determination, finding noun
      the act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation.

      rediscovery noun
      the act of discovering again.

      4. detect, discover, notice, observe, find (verb)

      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.

      sight, spy verb
      catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes.


      catch out, find out verb
      trap; especially in an error or in a reprehensible act.

      sense verb
      detect some circumstance or entity automatically.

      instantiate verb
      find an instance of (a word or particular usage of a word).

      trace verb
      discover traces of.

      see verb
      observe as if with an eye.

      5. regain, find (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
      Antonyms: lose (verb)

      miss from one's possessions; lose sight of.


      acquire, get verb
      come into the possession of something concrete or abstract.


      feel verb
      find by testing or cautious exploration.

      locate, turn up verb
      discover the location of; determine the place of; find by searching or examining.

      chance on, chance upon, come across, come upon, light upon, fall upon, happen upon, attain, discover, strike verb
      find unexpectedly.

      rout out, rout up verb
      get or find by searching.

      6. ascertain, determine, find out, find (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.

      gauge verb
      determine the capacity, volume, or contents of by measurement and calculation.

      translate verb
      determine the amino-acid sequence of a protein during its synthesis by using information on the messenger RNA.

      rectify verb
      math: determine the length of.

      redetermine verb
      fix, find, or establish again.

      sequence verb
      determine the order of constituents in.

      refract verb
      determine the refracting power of (a lens).

      count, numerate, enumerate, number verb
      determine the number or amount of.

      admeasure verb
      determine the quantity of someone's share.

      situate, locate verb
      determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of, as if by an instrument or by a survey.

      7. feel, find (verb)

      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

      conclude, reason, reason out verb
      decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion.

      8. witness, see, find (verb)

      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

      experience, go through, see verb
      go or live through.


      catch verb
      become aware of.

      9. get hold, line up, find, come up (verb)

      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.

      acquire, get verb
      come into the possession of something concrete or abstract.

      10. discover, find (verb)

      make a discovery, make a new finding.

      • Roentgen discovered X-rays.
      • Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle.
      Synonyms: discover

      conceive, conceptualise, conceptualize, gestate verb
      have the idea for.

      11. discover, find (verb)

      make a discovery.

      • She found that he had lied to her.
      • The story is false, so far as I can discover.
      Synonyms: discover

      get a line, get wind, get word, discover, find out, hear, learn, pick up, see verb
      get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally.


      rake up verb
      bring to light.

      ferret out, ferret verb
      search and discover through persistent investigation.

      12. find (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.

      acquire, get verb
      come into the possession of something concrete or abstract.

      13. rule, find (verb)

      decide on and make a declaration about.

      • find someone guilty.
      Synonyms: rule

      pronounce, label, judge verb
      pronounce judgment on.

      14. incur, obtain, receive, get, find (verb)

      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: incur, obtain, receive, get

      change verb
      undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature.


      take verb
      ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial.

      15. find (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.

      perceive, comprehend verb
      to become aware of through the senses.

      16. recover, regain, retrieve, find (verb)

      get or find back; recover the use of.

      • She regained control of herself.
      • She found her voice and replied quickly.
      Synonyms: recover, regain, retrieve

      acquire, get verb
      come into the possession of something concrete or abstract.


      access verb
      obtain or retrieve from a storage device; as of information on a computer.

      17. find (verb)

      succeed in reaching; arrive at.

      • The arrow found its mark.

      arrive at, reach, attain, gain, hit, make verb
      reach a destination, either real or abstract.

      18. find oneself, find (verb)

      accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation.

      • My son went to Berkeley to find himself.
      Synonyms: find oneself

      maturate, mature, grow verb
      develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation.

      Nearby Terms

      find fault (verb)
      harass with constant criticism

      find oneself (verb)
      accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation

      find out (verb)
      establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study

      finder (noun)
      someone who comes upon something after searching

      finder's fee (noun)
      a fee that is paid to someone who finds a source of financial backing or to someone who brings people together for business purposes

      finding (noun)
      the act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation

      finding of fact (noun)
      (law) the findings of a jury on issues of fact submitted to it for decision; can be used in formulating a judgment

      finding of law (noun)
      a finding as to the applicability of a rule of law to particular facts

      findings (noun)
      a collection of tools and other articles used by an artisan to make jewelry or clothing or shoes

      fine (noun)
      money extracted as a penalty

      fine art (noun)
      the products of human creativity; works of art collectively

      fine arts (noun)
      the study and creation of visual works of art

      fine print (noun)
      the part of a contract that contains reservations and qualifications that are often printed in small type

      fine spray (noun)
      precipitation in very small drops

      fine structure (noun)
      the presence of groups of closely spaced spectrum lines observed in the atomic spectrum of certain elements