• To encounter or discover by accident; to happen upon.
  • To encounter or discover something being searched for; to locate.
  • To discover by study or experiment direct to an object or end.
  • To gain, as the object of desire or effort.
  • To attain to; to arrive at; to acquire.
  • To point out.
  • To decide that, to discover that, to form the opinion that.
  • To arrive at, as a conclusion; to determine as true; to establish.
  • To supply; to furnish.
  • To provide for
  • To determine or judge.
  • To discover game.


  • Anything that is found (usually valuable), as objects on an archeological site or a person with talent.
  • The act of finding.


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  • From Middle English finden, from Old English findan, from Proto-West Germanic *finþan, from Proto-Germanic *finþaną (compare West Frisian fine, Low German finden, Dutch vinden, German finden, Danish finde, Norwegian Bokmål finne, Norwegian Nynorsk and Swedish finna), a secondary verb from Proto-Indo-European *pent- ("to go, pass; path bridge"), *póntoh₁s (compare English path, Old Irish étain ("I find"), áitt, Latin pōns ("bridge"), Ancient Greek πόντος ("sea"), Old Armenian հուն ("ford"), Avestan 𐬞𐬀𐬧𐬙𐬃, Sanskrit पथ ("path")), Proto-Slavic *pǫtь.

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