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verb uk   /faɪnd/ (found, found) us  

find verb (DISCOVER)

A1 [T] to discover, especially where a thing or person is, either unexpectedly or by searching, or to discover where to get or how to achieve something: I've just found a ten-pound note in my pocket. I couldn't find Andrew's phone number. You'll find the knives and forks in the left-hand drawer. Researchers are hoping to find a cure for the disease. [+ two objects] Has he found himself a place to live yet? [+ obj + adj ] She was found unconscious and bleeding. [+ that] The study found that men who were married lived longer than those who were not. Do you think they'll ever find a way of bringing peace to the region? We're really struggling to find (= get) enough money to pay the rent. After years of abuse from her husband, she eventually found the courage to leave him. I wish I could find (the) time to do more reading.B1 [T] to realize that something exists or has happened: [+ (that)] We came home to find (that) the cat had had kittens. I found (that) I could easily swim a mile.be found B2 to exist or be present somewhere: Many plant and animal species are found only in the rainforests. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruit.find your way to get somewhere you are trying to reach: I had a map but I still couldn't find my way back to the hotel.find fault with to criticize someone or something: She's always finding fault with the way he works.find yourself B2 to realize that you are in a particular situation or place, or doing a particular thing, when you did not intend to: He'll find himself with no friends at all if he carries on behaving this way. We fell asleep on the train and woke up to find ourselves in Calais. often humorous If you go somewhere or do something to find yourself, you go there or do it to discover your true character: Simon spent a year in an ashram in India to find himself.
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find verb (EXPERIENCE A FEELING)

B1 [T] to think or feel a particular way about someone or something: [+ obj + noun/adj ] Do you find Johb difficult to talk to? I don't find him an easy person to get on with. She doesn't find it easy to talk about her problems. [+ -ing verb] I find living in the city very stressful.

find verb (JUDGE)

B2 [I or T] to make a judgment in a law court: [+ obj + adj ] In a unanimous verdict, the jury found him guilty/not guilty of the murder.

find

noun [C] uk   /faɪnd/ us  
a good or valuable thing or a special person that has been discovered but was not known about before: This café's quite a find - I had no idea there was anywhere like it around here. A recent find of ancient artefacts is on display at the local museum.
(Definition of find from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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