Etymology: Middle English, from Old English findan; akin to Old High German findan to find, Latin pont-, pons bridge, Greek pontos sea, Sanskrit patha way, course
Date: before 12th century
a. to come upon often accidentally ; encounter
b. to meet with (a particular reception) <hoped to find favor> 2. a. to come upon by searching or effort <must find a suitable person for the job> b. to discover by study or experiment <find an answer> c. to obtain by effort or management <find the time to study> d. attain, reach <the bullet found its mark> 3. a. to discover by the intellect or the feelings ; experience <find much pleasure in your company> b. to perceive (oneself) to be in a certain place or condition c. to gain or regain the use or power of <trying to find his tongue> d. to bring (oneself) to a realization of one's powers or of one's proper sphere of activity <must help the student to find himself as an individual — N. M. Pusey> 4. a. provide, supply b. to furnish (room and board) especially as a condition of employment 5. to determine and make a statement about <find a verdict> <found her guilty> intransitive verb to determine a case judicially by a verdict <find for the defendant> • findable adjective II. noun Date: 1825 1. an act or instance of finding 2. something found: as a. a valuable discovery <an archaeological find> b. a person whose ability proves to be unexpectedly good
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.