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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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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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