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English verb: find out

1. find out (communication) establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study

SamplesFind the product of two numbers.
The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize.

Synonymsascertain, determine, find

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE

Narrower (hyponym)admeasure, count, enumerate, gauge, locate, number, numerate, rectify, redetermine, refract, sequence, situate, translate

Verb groupascertain, check, determine, discover, find, find out, learn, see, watch

2. find out (cognition) get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally

SamplesI learned that she has two grown-up children.
I see that you have been promoted.

ExamplesThey find out that there was a traffic accident

Synonymsdiscover, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, learn, pick up, see

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)ascertain, catch, discover, find, get the goods, trip up, wise up

Verb groupfind, see, witness

3. find out (communication) find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort

SamplesI want to see whether she speaks French.
See whether it works.
Find out if he speaks Russian.
Check whether the train leaves on time.

ExamplesThey find out whether there was a traffic accident

Synonymsascertain, check, determine, learn, see, watch

Pattern of useSomebody ----s whether INFINITIVE

Narrower (hyponym)test

Verb groupascertain, ascertain, assure, check, control, determine, ensure, find, find out, insure, see, see to it

4. find out (cognition) trap; especially in an error or in a reprehensible act

SamplesHe was caught out.
She was found out when she tried to cash the stolen checks.

Synonymscatch out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)detect, discover, find, notice, observe

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