How to use
past tense and past participle
get by searching
to discover, see, or get something that you have been searching for
I can't find the car keys.
Hold on while I find a pen.
Her body was later found hidden in the bushes.
I have to find somewhere else to live.
She had almost given up hope of finding a husband.
find somebody something
Tony asked us to find him office facilities in New York.
Her mother went to the shops, and on her return, Kathleen was
nowhere to be found
could not be found
see by chance
to discover something by chance, especially something useful or interesting
I found a purse in the street.
We found a nice pub near the hotel.
discover state of somebody/something
to discover that someone or something is in a particular condition or doing a particular thing when you see or touch them
I'm sure we'll find her hard at work when we get home.
He tried the door and found it unlocked.
woke to find
a man by her bed.
find somebody/something doing something
Often he found her quietly weeping alone.
She looked at her glass and was amazed to find it was empty.
do something without meaning to
to be in a particular state or do a particular thing, or to realize that this is happening, especially when you did not expect or intend it
After wandering around, we found ourselves back at the hotel.
find yourself/your mind etc doing something
When he left, Karen found herself heaving a huge sigh of relief.
She tried to concentrate, but found her mind drifting back to Alex.
He found he was shivering.
learn something by study
to discover or learn something by study, tests, sums etc
The federal government isn't doing enough to find a cure.
How do you find the square root of 20?
be found to do something
The liquid was found to contain 7.4g of phenylamine.
His study found that married men and women had similar spending patterns.
to have a particular feeling or opinion, or to have a particular feeling or opinion about someone or something
Will Gary and Gail find happiness together?
find something/somebody easy/useful/interesting etc
She found the work very dull.
Lots of women I know find him attractive.
I found them quite easy to use.
find it hard/easy/difficult etc (to do something)
Hyperactive children find it difficult to concentrate.
to have the experience of discovering that something happens or is true
You might find that his work improves now he's at a new school.
I find people are often surprised at how little it costs.
find somebody/something doing something
I think you'll find more women entering the film business now.
find somebody/something to be something
I found the people to be charming and very friendly.
exist in a place
be found somewhere
if something is found somewhere, it lives or exists there naturally
This species is only found in West Africa.
get enough money/time etc
to succeed in getting enough of something, especially money, time, or energy, to be able to do something
He's struggling to find the money for the trip.
Where are we going to find the time, the support, and the resources to do all this?
in a court of law
to make an official decision in a court of law
find somebody guilty/not guilty (of something)
Both men were found guilty of illegally entering the country.
find in somebody's favour
The tribunal found in favour of the defendant.
find your way (somewhere)
to reach a place by discovering the right way to get there
Will you be able to find your way back?
find its way somewhere
if something finds its way somewhere, it arrives or gets there after some time
Her invention has found its way into the shops.
find comfort/pleasure/fulfilment etc in something
to experience a good feeling because of something
found solace in
find fault with somebody/something
to criticize someone or something, often unfairly and frequently
He could always find fault with something, either in my writing or in my personality.
find it in your heart/yourself to do something
to feel able or willing to do something
Seb could not find it in his heart to tell Nahum.
to discover what you are really like and what you want to do - often used humorously
She went to India to find herself.
find favour (with somebody/something)
be liked or approved of by someone
The recipes rapidly found favour with restaurant owners.
find your feet
to become confident in a new situation, especially one that is difficult at first
Rob is still finding his feet as a coach.
find its mark/target
if a bullet
etc finds its mark etc, it hits what it is supposed to hit
if a remark, criticism etc finds its mark etc, it has the effect that you intended it to have
She soon saw that her accusation had found its mark.
find your voice
find your tongue
to manage to say something after being too nervous to talk
if a writer, musician etc finds their voice, they are able to express their views, ideas, art etc in the way they want to
a young film-maker who has finally found his voice
be found wanting
to not be good enough
Their defence was found wanting.
find against somebody
to judge that someone is wrong or guilty
The inspectors are likely to find against the company.
find for somebody
to judge that someone is right or not guilty
The judge found for the plaintiff.
to get information, after trying to discover it or by chance
find out who/what/how etc
Has anyone bothered to find out how much all this is going to cost?
find out if/whether
Did you find out whether there are any seats left?
find out (that)
I found out that my parents had never been married.
find something ↔ out
To find out more, visit our website.
find out (something) about something
I need to find out more about these night courses.
find out from
We could find out from the local council.
I thought it best to let you
find out for yourself
see usage note
find somebody out
if you are found out, someone discovers that you have been doing something dishonest or illegal
What happens if we get found out?
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