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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. The torrid zone is now found habitable. (Cowley)

3. To come upon by seeking; as, to find something lost. To discover by sounding; as, to find bottom.

to discover by study or experiment direct to an object or end; as, water is found to be a compound substance.

to gain, as the object of desire or effort; as, to find leisure; to find means.

to attain to; to arrive at; to acquire. Seek, and ye shall find. (Matt. Vii. 7) 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 moneylondon Times) 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? We do hope to find out all your tricks. 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 morning?

Origin: as. Findan; akin to D. Vinden, os. & OHG. Findan, g. Finden, dan. Finde, icel. & Sw. Finna, goth. Finan; and perh. To L. Petere to seek, gr. To fall, Skr. Pat to fall, fly, E. Petition.