› to be successful in getting something: find work/employment/a job, etc. I have only managed to find part-time work which doesn't pay anything like what I was earning before. It's very difficult to find good sales people.find an answer As yet we haven't found an answer to the question of what to do when he retires. The company needs to find £5 million by the end of the month to avoid going into administration. Somehow they managed to find £10,000 for a deposit on the apartment.
› to discover where something is: It isn't easy to find their contact details on their website. I can't find the file I created yesterday.
› (also find (sth) out) to discover information or a fact: find that The study found that 60% of small and mid-sized firms in and around Paris reported a drop in sales since the strikes began. We found out that our competitors were selling a similar product at a much higher price. → See also finding
› LAW to decide on a particular judgment in a court of law: find sb guilty/innocent All three men were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud.
find (the) time (for sth/to do sth) › if you find the time for something, you have enough time for it: You need to find the time to check the figures before you send out the report.
find against sb › LAW to decide in a court of law that someone is wrong: The Advertising Standards Authority has found against the multinational in a case that could prove to be significant.
find for sb (also find in sb's favour, US find in sb's favor) › LAW to decide in a court of law that someone is right: The employment tribunal found in my favour, and I received compensation for losing my job.