find out

Definitions

  • Come to pry into things, and look about and find out, that wuzn't a real ship
    Come to pry into things, and look about and find out, that wuzn't a real ship
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v find out get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally "I learned that she has two grown-up children","I see that you have been promoted"
    • v find out trap; especially in an error or in a reprehensible act "He was caught out","She was found out when she tried to cash the stolen checks"
    • v find out 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"
    • v find out find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort "I want to see whether she speaks French","See whether it works","find out if he speaks Russian","Check whether the train leaves on time"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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Quotations

  • Will Rogers
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    “It doesn't much signify whom one marries, for one is sure to find out the next morning that it was someone else.”
  • Red Skelton
    Red Skelton
    “All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them sooner.”
  • Zig Ziglar
    Zig%20Ziglar
    “Money won't make you happy... but everybody wants to find out for themselves.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    Arthur%20Schopenhauer
    “To find out your real opinion of someone, judge the impression you have when you first see a letter from them.”
  • St. Augustine
    St.%20Augustine
    “This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.”
  • Tobias Wolff
    Tobias Wolff
    “We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are.”

Idioms

Your sins will find you out - This idiom means that things you do wrong will become known.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. findan; Ger. finden.

Usage

In literature:

Then the last chance of finding out what is between him and Zuker would have gone.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
Find out, if possible, what troops of the Blue army are in the neighborhood, and particularly along this main road.
"The Boy Scout Automobilists" by Robert Maitland
They were trying to find out who had been his partners in the rustling.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
We don't know who's the boss of these smugglers, but we'd give a lot to find out.
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
Indeed, that was very difficult for such a small flower to find out.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Did you find out when he could see you?
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
I lit out into the passage to hunt Charliet and find out where the bunk-house men had gone to.
"The La Chance Mine Mystery" by Susan Carleton Jones
He say: 'Tryin' to find out what dis is.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
In the next six months I meant to find out what that was.
"One Way Out" by William Carleton
There was still enough time to find out if Kerk was lying or not.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
You would only imitate me then, and I wish you to find out for yourself on your own principle.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
See how long it takes to clean the room; then study to find out how the time can be shortened.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
They must try to find out who sent the man.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
If you want to save your life, you will find out who it is.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
We'll go and find out.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
To find out how this is so you must go to history.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
He wanted to see if he could find out more about us.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
Americans will find out how absolute are the laws of history, as stern and as positive as all the other laws of nature.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
After supper we went out in a body to see what we could find out concerning our way to the mines.
"Gold" by Stewart White
Find out where for yourself.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
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In poetry:

Put the sweet thoughts from out thy mind,
The dreams from out thy breast;
No joy for thee—but thou shalt find
Thy rest
"The Promise of Sleep" by Amy Levy
Thou, who hast given me eyes to see
And love this sight so fair,
Give me a heart to find out Thee,
And read Thee everywhere.
"Septuagesima Sunday" by John Keble
A voice from dreamland said to me—
"Poet, what music is in thee?
Ring it out until it find
A nook for rest within thy kind."
"A Voice From Dreamland" by Alexander Anderson
Again said he, "My little maid,
What in the sermon did you hear?
Come tell me that, for that may aid
Me to find out the text, my dear."
"The Text" by Charles Lamb
I wait to find the meaning out
That lies beyond the bitter end;
Comfort yourself with 'wearying heaven,
I ask no comfort, oh my friend!
"To Mrs.----" by Frances Fuller Victor
Pride taught him to find out a stand
Like man--a mansion rather grand;
In a large holly soon was seated,
Most beautiful and variegated.
"The Robin-Red-Breast" by William Hutton

In news:

His family is scared, frantic and now, they're desperate to find out what happened to their boy.
Yeah, THAT gem) has inspired me to post a daily blog about the ugliest tattoos I could find out there.
Jackson County Democrats will gather throughout the county on Saturday, Feb 18 at 10 am to elect delegates to the Jackson County Democratic convention to be held March 10 and to find out about 2012 candidates and campaign activities.
Find out whether you have the skills you need to lead in a globalized world.
It beats watching sports highlights, waiting to find out how the Reds lost this time.
Find out (but don't tell) in CTC 's 'The Mousetrap'.
Try our interactive quiz to find out how much you know about the social customs of Vietnam.
Find out how the actor prepares for each ass-kicking role in a different way.
Check out this video to find out what happens.
Check out these facts and find out.
When Rownie finds an acting troupe made up of goblins , he finds out that they knew Rowan.
Frustrated viewers are reaching out to Action News to find out who is responsible for the mess left behind by negligent homeowners.
We spotted the SoCal gal out and about in Los Angeles this week sporting some rather eccentric heart-shaped eyewear, and we had to find out the details.
FOX21's Abbie Burke tries out hypnosis to find out if it really works.
The two organizations sent out a survey Monday to find out.
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In science:

However to find the “correct” distribution of data among the available disks (i.e. to achieve maximum I/O throughput) turns out to be an extremely complex task.
Cluster Computing White Paper
Each micro-electrode (microdot) can be made to trap one electron. A trapped electron finds itself in an external potential whose detailed shape depends, of course, on the precise geometry and on the voltages Vn on the electrodes. The potentials Vn create both out-of-plane and in-plane electric fields on the electrons.
Quantum Computing Using Electrons Floating on Liquid Helium
Unfortunately, too few teachers “shut up and listen to their students” so as to find out what they are thinking (Arons 1981). The distractors are based on my years of listening to students as they worked through the experiments in Socratic Dialogue Inducing Lab #1 “Newton’s First and Third Laws” (Hake 2001a).
Lessons From the Physics-Education Reform Effort
However, if instead whenever you find particles in Well Y, you scoop them out and count them, and then close the box, you are making the X -> Y transition irreversible. The remaining particles within the wells will immediately re-equilibrate and more particles will tunnel from X to Y.
Comment on Book Review of `Quantum Evolution' (Johnjoe McFadden) by Mathew J. Donald
Finding the reflection table turns out not to be much more difficult.
Computation in Coxeter groups II. Minimal roots
These considerations apply to the limits for the neutrino masses. To derive this limit, we have to find out the number density of neutrinos in the present universe.
Neutrino in Astrophysics and Cosmology
This means, all forces lie within the xzplane. Because of this, all forces can be summed up rather easy to find out into which type of precession they bring the flywheel.
An easy way to Gravimagnetism
Two possibilities exist to find out whether the neutrinos indeed oscillate. These are called the "appearance" and the "disappearance" experiments. The first attempt at finding the flavor which initially did not exist while the second would register fewer neutrinos of given flavor than were created.
The Neutrino - Its Past, Present and Future
The problem is passing the secret key from the sender to the receiver without anyone else finding out.
Will the Butterfly Cipher keep your Network Data secure? Developments in Computer Encryption
Find out which prior has changed, and why it makes such a difference.
A practical guide to Basic Statistical Techniques for Data Analysis in Cosmology
Multidimensional Tables. We need to find out how best to combine the two kinds of development so as to provide the convenience of interactive inputting and testing with the readability, integrity and maintainability of MM programs.
Ensuring Spreadsheet Integrity with Model Master
To find out the order of the phase transition and obtain the actual transition line it is yet necessary to investigate isotherms of the low-temperature phase.
A new view on superfluidity
To find out analytically the behaviour of H(ξ) when ξ → ∞ is not a simple matter. A numerical calculation permits us to suggest that H(ξ) → ξ + πξ + 2/3 + O(1/ξ) as ξ → ∞.
A new view on superfluidity
PMTUD is used to dynamically determine the lowest MTU along the end-to-end path between packet’s sender and receiver. Instead of fragmenting packet, an endpoint tries to find out the largest possible size of the packet that can be sent to a specific destination.
Steganography in Handling Oversized IP Packets
Finding however optimum, per se, decentralized tests that solve the extended version of the two problems turns out to be an extremely challenging task.
Decentralized Sequential Hypothesis Testing using Asynchronous Communication
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