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findverb

uk   us   /faɪnd/ (found, found)

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 ​phonenumber. You'll find the ​knives and ​forks in the ​left-handdrawer. Researchers are ​hoping to find a ​cure for the ​disease. [+ two objects] Has he found himself a ​place to ​liveyet? [+ obj + adj ] She was found ​unconscious and ​bleeding. [+ that] The ​study found that men who were ​marriedlivedlonger than those who were not. Do you ​think they'll ​ever find a way of ​bringingpeace 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 ​easilyswim a ​mile.be found B2 to ​exist or be ​presentsomewhere: Many ​plant and ​animalspecies are found only in the ​rainforests. Vitamin C is found in ​citrusfruit.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 ​particularsituation 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 ​fellasleep 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 ​discoveryourtruecharacter: 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 ​easyperson 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 ​lawcourt: [+ obj + adj ] In a ​unanimousverdict, the ​jury found him guilty/not ​guilty of the ​murder.

findnoun [C]

uk   us   /faɪnd/
a good or ​valuable thing or a ​specialperson 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 ofancientartefacts is on ​display at the ​localmuseum.
(Definition of find from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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findverb

 us   /fɑɪnd/ (past tense and past participle found  /fɑʊnd/ )

find verb (DISCOVER)

[T] to ​see where a thing or ​person is, either unexpectedly or by ​searching; ​discover: I found a ten-dollar ​bill in my ​pocket. I ​hope I can find a ​place to ​live near ​work. Many ​plant and ​animalspecies are found (= ​exist) only in the ​rainforests. [T] Someone who finds ​informationbegins to ​understand something: [+ that clause] The ​study found that men who took an ​aspirin a ​day have fewer ​heartattacks. Some ​insects have been found to ​live several ​years without ​water. [T] If you find a ​quality within yourself, you ​suddenlydevelop it or ​learn that you have it: She found the ​courage to ​leave the ​town where she was ​born. [T] To find someone ​means to ​meet someone you can have a ​close, ​lovingrelationship with: Ellen found Sascha, ​married him, and ​soon after they had ​twins.

find verb (JUDGE)

[I/T] law to make a ​judgment in a ​lawcourt: [T] to be found ​guilty/​innocent
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findnoun [C]

 us   /fɑɪnd/

find noun [C] (THING DISCOVERED)

a good or ​valuable thing or a ​specialperson that has been ​discovered: She’s a ​real find – ​singers like her don’t ​grow on ​trees.
(Definition of find from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"find" in Business English

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findverb [T]

uk   us   /faɪnd/ (found, found)
to be ​successful in getting something: find work/employment/a job, etc. I have only ​managed to find ​part-timework which doesn't ​pay anything like what I was ​earning before. It's very difficult to find good ​salespeople.find an answer As yet we haven't found an answer to the ​question of what to do when he ​retires. The ​companyneeds 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 ​higherprice.
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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 ​employmenttribunal found in my favour, and I received ​compensation for ​losing my ​job.
(Definition of find from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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