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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Find \Find\ (f[imac]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Found (found); p.
pr. & vb. n. Finding.] [AS. findan; akin to D. vinden, OS.
& OHG. findan, G. finden, Dan. finde, icel. & Sw. finna,
Goth. fin[thorn]an; and perh. to L. petere to seek, Gr.
pi`ptein to fall, Skr. pat to fall, fly, E. petition.]
1. To meet with, or light upon, accidentally; to gain the
first sight or knowledge of, as of something new, or
unknown; hence, to fall in with, as a person.
Searching the window for a flint, I found
This paper, thus sealed up. --Shak.
In woods and forests thou art found. --Cowley.
2. To learn by experience or trial; to perceive; to
experience; to discover by the intellect or the feelings;
to detect; to feel. "I find you passing gentle." --Shak.
The torrid zone is now found habitable. --Cowley.
3. To come upon by seeking; as, to find something lost.
(a) To discover by sounding; as, to find bottom.
(b) To discover by study or experiment direct to an object
or end; as, water is found to be a compound substance.
(c) To gain, as the object of desire or effort; as, to
find leisure; to find means.
(d) To attain to; to arrive at; to acquire.
Seek, and ye shall find. --Matt. vii.
Every mountain now hath found a tongue. --Byron.
4. To provide for; to supply; to furnish; as, to find food
for workemen; he finds his nephew in money.
Wages [pounds]14 and all found. --London
Nothing a day and find yourself. --Dickens.
5. To arrive at, as a conclusion; to determine as true; to
establish; as, to find a verdict; to find a true bill (of
indictment) against an accused person.
To find his title with some shows of truth. --Shak.
To find out, to detect (a thief); to discover (a secret) --
to solve or unriddle (a parable or enigma); to understand.
"Canst thou by searching find out God?" --Job. xi. 7. "We
do hope to find out all your tricks." --Milton.
To find fault with, to blame; to censure.
To find one's self, to be; to fare; -- often used in
speaking of health; as, how do you find yourself this
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