find
noun.
a productive insight
noun.
the act of discovering something
verb.
come upon, as if by accident; meet with
We find this idea in Plato|I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here|She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day
verb.
discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water|We found traces of lead in the paint
verb.
come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost
Did you find your glasses?|I cannot find my gloves!
Synonym: regain
verb.
establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
find the product of two numbers|The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize
verb.
come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds
I feel that he doesn't like me|I find him to be obnoxious|I found the movie rather entertaining
Synonym: feel
verb.
perceive or be contemporaneous with
We found Republicans winning the offices|You'll see a lot of cheating in this school|The 1960's saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions|I want to see results
Synonym: witness, see
verb.
get something or somebody for a specific purpose
I found this gadget that will serve as a bottle opener|I got hold of these tools to fix our plumbing|The chairman got hold of a secretary on Friday night to type the urgent letter
verb.
make a discovery, make a new finding
Roentgen discovered X-rays|Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle
Synonym: discover
verb.
make a discovery
She found that he had lied to her|The story is false, so far as I can discover
Synonym: discover
verb.
obtain through effort or management
She found the time and energy to take care of her aging parents|We found the money to send our sons to college
verb.
decide on and make a declaration about
find someone guilty
Synonym: rule
verb.
receive a specified treatment (abstract)
These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation|His movie received a good review|I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions
Synonym: receive, obtain, incur, get
verb.
perceive oneself to be in a certain condition or place
I found myself in a difficult situation|When he woke up, he found himself in a hospital room
verb.
get or find back; recover the use of
She regained control of herself|She found her voice and replied quickly
verb.
succeed in reaching; arrive at
The arrow found its mark
verb.
accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation
My son went to Berkeley to find himself
Synonym: find oneself
Antonym: lose