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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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