Meaning of “find” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ T ] us uk /faɪnd/ past tense and past participle found

A1 to discover something or someone that you have been searching for:

I can't find my glasses and I've looked everywhere.
Police found the missing girl at a London railway station.
[ + two objects ] Has he found himself a place to live yet?

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A2 to discover something or someone by chance:

The body was found by a man walking his dog.
I found a $10 bill on the sidewalk.

B1 to become aware that something exists, or has happened:

I came home to find that my cat had had kittens.
I found that I could easily swim a mile.
find the energy/money/time, etc

to have or get enough energy/money/time, etc to do something:

Where do you find the energy to do all these things?
find sb/sth easy/boring/funny, etc

B1 to think or feel a particular way about someone or something:

I still find exams very stressful.
find yourself somewhere/doing sth

B2 to become aware that you have gone somewhere or done something without intending to:

I suddenly found myself making everyone's lunch.
be found

B2 to exist or be present somewhere:

Vitamin C is found in oranges and other citrus fruit.
find sb guilty/not guilty

to judge that someone is guilty or not guilty in a law court:

[ often passive ] She was found guilty of murder.

(Definition of “find verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)