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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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FIND, verb transitive preterit tense and participle passive found. [Latin venio; but in sense, with invenio. The primary sense is to come to, to rush, to fall on, to meet, to set on.]

1. Literally, to come to; to meet; hence, to discover by the eye; to gain first sight or knowledge of something lost; to recover either by searching for it or by accident.

Doth she not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? and when she hath found it -

Luke 15:4.

2. To meet; to discover something not before seen or known.

He saith to him, we have found the Messiah. John 1:41.

3. To obtain by seeking.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find

Matthew 7:7.

4. To meet with.

In woods and forests thou art found.

5. To discover or know by experience.

The torrid zone is now found habitable.

6. To reach; to attain to; to arrive at.

Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth to life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:7.

7. To discover by study, experiment or trial. Air and water are found to be compound substances. Alchimists long attempted to find the philosopher's stone, but it is not yet found.

8. To gain; to have; as, to find leisure for a visit.

9. To perceive; to observe; to learn. I found his opinions to accord with my own.

10. To catch; to detect.

When first found in a lie, talk to him of it as a strange monstrous matter.

In this sense find is usually followed by out.

11. To meet.

In ills their business and their glory find

12. To have; to experience; to enjoy.

Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure. Isaiah 58:3.

13. To select; to choose; to designate.

I have found David my servant. Psalms 89:1.

14. To discover and declare the truth of disputed facts; to come to a conclusion and decide between parties, as a jury. The jury find a verdict for the plaintiff or defendant. They find the accused to be guilty.

15. To determine and declare by verdict. The jury have found a large sum in damages for the plaintiff.

16. To establish or pronounce charges alleged to be true. The grand jury have found a bill against the accused, or they find a true bill.

17. To supply; to furnish. Who will find the money or provisions for this expedition? We will find ourselves with provisions and clothing.

18. To discover or gain knowledge of by touching or by sounding. We first sounded and found bottom at the depth of ninety five fathoms on the Sole bank.

To find one's self, to be; to fare in regard to ease or pain, health or sickness. Pray, sir, how do you find yourself this morning.

To find in, to supply; to furnish; to provide.

He finds his nephew in money, victuals and clothes.

1. To find out. To invent; to discover something before unknown.

A man of Tyre, skilful to work in gold - and to find out every device. 2Chon. 2.

2. To unriddle; to solve; as, to find out the meaning of a parable of an enigma.

3. To discover; to obtain knowledge of what is hidden; as, to find out a secret.

4. To understand; to comprehend.

Canst thou by searching find out God? Job 11:7.

5. To detect; to discover; to bring to light; as, to find out a thief or a theft; to find out a trick.

To find fault with, to blame; to censure.