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English noun: find

1. find (cognition) a productive insight


Synonymsbreakthrough, discovery


Broader (hypernym)brainstorm, brainwave, insight

2. find (act) the act of discovering something


Synonymsdiscovery, uncovering


Broader (hypernym)act, deed, human action, human activity


Narrower (hyponym)breakthrough, catching, detection, determination, espial, finding, rediscovery, self-discovery, spotting, spying, tracing


English verb: find

1. find (possession) come upon, as if by accident; meet with


SamplesWe 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.


ExamplesThey find the money in the closet


Synonymsbump, chance, encounter, happen


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

2. find (perception) discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of


SamplesShe detected high levels of lead in her drinking water.
We found traces of lead in the paint.


Synonymsdetect, discover, notice, observe


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)sight, spy


Narrower (hyponym)catch out, find out, instantiate, see, sense, trace


Verb groupdiscover, find

3. find (possession) come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost


SamplesDid you find your glasses?.
I cannot find my gloves!.


ExamplesThey find the money in the closet


Synonymsregain


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)acquire, get


Narrower (hyponym)attain, chance on, chance upon, come across, come upon, discover, fall upon, feel, happen upon, light upon, locate, rout out, rout up, strike, turn up


Verb groupfind, find, recover, regain, retrieve


Antonymslose

4. find (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 out


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

5. find (cognition) come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds


SamplesI feel that he doesn't like me.
I find him to be obnoxious.
I found the movie rather entertaining.


ExamplesThey find that there was a traffic accident


Synonymsfeel


Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)conclude, reason, reason out


Verb groupfind, rule

6. find (perception) perceive or be contemporaneous with


SamplesWe 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.


Synonymssee, witness


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)experience, go through, see


Narrower (hyponym)catch


Verb groupdiscover, find, find out, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, learn, pick up, see

7. find (possession) get something or somebody for a specific purpose


SamplesI 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.


Synonymscome up, get hold, line up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)acquire, get

8. find (creation) make a discovery, make a new finding


SamplesRoentgen discovered X-rays.
Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle.


Synonymsdiscover


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)conceive, conceptualise, conceptualize, gestate


Verb groupascertain, detect, determine, discover, discover, find, find, find, find out, notice, observe

9. find (cognition) make a discovery


SamplesShe found that he had lied to her.
The story is false, so far as I can discover.


Synonymsdiscover


Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)discover, find out, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, learn, pick up, see


Narrower (hyponym)ferret, ferret out, rake up


Verb groupdiscover, find

10. find (possession) obtain through effort or management


SamplesShe found the time and energy to take care of her aging parents.
We found the money to send our sons to college.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)acquire, get


Verb groupfind, regain

11. find (communication) decide on and make a declaration about


SamplesFind someone guilty.


Synonymsrule


Pattern of useSomething ----s something Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)judge, label, pronounce


Verb groupfeel, find

12. find (change) receive a specified treatment (abstract)


SamplesThese 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.


Synonymsget, incur, obtain, receive


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)take


Verb groupacquire, get

13. find (perception) perceive oneself to be in a certain condition or place


SamplesI found myself in a difficult situation.
When he woke up, he found himself in a hospital room.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP


Broader (hypernym)comprehend, perceive


Verb groupfind, see, witness

14. find (possession) get or find back; recover the use of


SamplesShe regained control of herself.
She found her voice and replied quickly.


Synonymsrecover, regain, retrieve


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody


Broader (hypernym)acquire, get


Narrower (hyponym)access


Verb groupfind, regain

15. find (motion) succeed in reaching; arrive at


SamplesThe arrow found its mark.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)arrive at, attain, gain, hit, make, reach

16. find (change) accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation


SamplesMy son went to Berkeley to find himself.


Synonymsfind oneself


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)grow, maturate, mature









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