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find verb
1. come upon, as if by accident; meet with
Related: happen, chance, bump, encounter
  • "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"
2. (get) come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost
Related: regain
Antonyms: lose
  • "Did you find your glasses?"
  • "I cannot find my gloves!"
3. (reason) come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds
Related: feel
  • "I feel that he doesn't like me"
  • "I find him to be obnoxious"
  • "I found the movie rather entertaining"
4. (get) 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"
5. (perceive) 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"
6. (reach) succeed in reaching; arrive at
  • "The arrow found its mark"
rule verb
1. (pronounce) decide on and make a declaration about
Related: find
  • "find someone guilty"
receive verb
1. (change) receive a specified treatment (abstract)
Related: get, find, obtain, incur
  • "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"
determine verb
1. establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
Related: find, find_out, ascertain
  • "find the product of two numbers"
  • "The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize"
witness verb
1. (experience) perceive or be contemporaneous with
Related: find, see
  • "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"
discovery noun
1. (insight) a productive insight
Related: breakthrough, find
2. (act) the act of discovering something
Related: find, uncovering
discover verb
1. (gestate) make a discovery, make a new finding
Related: find
  • "Roentgen discovered X-rays"
  • "Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle"
2. (learn) make a discovery
Related: find
  • "She found that he had lied to her"
  • "The story is false, so far as I can discover"
recover verb
1. (get) get or find back; recover the use of
Related: retrieve, find, regain
  • "She regained control of herself"
  • "She found her voice and replied quickly"
detect verb
1. (spy) discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
Related: observe, find, discover, notice
  • "She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water"
  • "We found traces of lead in the paint"
line_up verb
1. (get) get something or somebody for a specific purpose
Related: get_hold, come_up, find
  • "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"
find_oneself verb
1. (mature) accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation
Related: find
  • "My son went to Berkeley to find himself"
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