• "He could hardly find words to welcome them."
    "He could hardly find words to welcome them."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v find accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation "My son went to Berkeley to find himself"
    • v find 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"
    • v find 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"
    • v find make a discovery "She found that he had lied to her","The story is false, so far as I can discover"
    • v find 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 decide on and make a declaration about "find someone guilty"
    • v find make a discovery, make a new finding "Roentgen discovered X-rays","Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle"
    • v find succeed in reaching; arrive at "The arrow found its mark"
    • v find 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"
    • v find 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"
    • v find 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"
    • v find 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"
    • v find 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"
    • v find get or find back; recover the use of "She regained control of herself","She found her voice and replied quickly"
    • v find 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"
    • v find come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost "Did you find your glasses?","I cannot find my gloves!"
    • n find the act of discovering something
    • n find a productive insight
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Tilly, Kate and Bessy find the bird Tilly, Kate and Bessy find the bird
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
Abeille finds herself among the little men Abeille finds herself among the little men
The farmer finds the queen weeping by the palanquin The farmer finds the queen weeping by the palanquin
The Princess Finds Horns on her Head The Princess Finds Horns on her Head
The Child Finds the Feather Dress The Child Finds the Feather Dress

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The lifespan of a firefly is about seven days. During these days, they are busy trying to find a mate
    • n Find Anything found; a discovery of anything valuable; especially, a deposit, discovered by archæologists, of objects of prehistoric or unknown origin.
    • Find 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."
    • Find To attain to; to arrive at; to acquire.
    • Find To come upon by seeking; as, to find something lost.
    • v. i Find (Law) To determine an issue of fact, and to declare such a determination to a court; as, the jury find for the plaintiff.
    • Find To discover by sounding; as, to find bottom.
    • Find To discover by study or experiment direct to an object or end; as, water is found to be a compound substance.
    • Find To gain, as the object of desire or effort; as, to find leisure; to find means.
    • Find 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."
    • Find 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.""In woods and forests thou art found ."
    • Find To provide for; to supply; to furnish; as, to find food for workemen; he finds his nephew in money. "Wages £14 and all found .""Nothing a day and find yourself."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Airport security personnel find about six weapons a day searching passengers.
    • find To discover by sight or feeling; come or light upon, either by seeking or unexpectedly; encounter or meet with for the first time.
    • find To discover by methodical means; ascertain or make out by systematic exploration, trial, or study: as, to find bottom by sounding; to find a bullet in a wound by probing; an effort to find the philosopher's stone; to find one's way in the dark; to find the answer to a problem.
    • find To discover the use of, or the way to make or use; invent; devise.
    • find To discover or ascertain by experience; learn from observation or sensation: as, the climate was found to be unpropitious; to find a friend in a supposed enemy.
    • find To succeed in attaining; gain by effort: as, to find leisure for a visit; to find safety in flight.
    • find To come to or into by natural causes or by force of circumstances; arrive at; reach: as, water finds its level; the picture found its way to the auction-room.
    • find To detect; catch: commonly with out. See to find out, below.
    • find In law, to determine after judicial inquiry: as, the jury found him guilty; to find a verdict for the plaintiff.
    • find To supply; provide; furnish: as, to find money or provisions for an expedition.
    • find To support; maintain; provide for: followed by the direct object of the person (often reflexive), with in, formerly also with, before the thing provided: as, to receive ten dollars a week and find one's self.
    • find To compose; set in order; arrange.
    • find To reach home to; take the fancy of; appeal to the taste or liking of.
    • find See def. 10.
    • find In law, to determine an issue after judicial inquiry; direct judgment on the merits or facts of a case: as, the jury finds for the plaintiff.
    • n find A discovery of something valuable; the thing found: as, a find in the gold-fields; finds of prehistoric tools. The use of find as a noun has become common only since its application in recent times to discoveries of archæological remains.
    • find To discover scent or game: said of dogs in the field.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: What you find when you shave the striped fur off of a tiger? Striped skin.
    • v.t Find fīnd to come upon or meet with: to discover or arrive at: to perceive: to experience: to supply: to determine after judicial inquiry
    • pr.p Find fīnd′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. found
    • ***


  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
    “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you look for the positive things in life; you will find them.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “A poor beauty finds more lovers than husbands.”
  • John Morely
    John Morely
    “You will find most books worth reading are worth reading twice.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest.”
  • William Cowper
    “The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow.”


Devil finds work for idle hands - When people say that the devil finds work for idle hands, they mean that if people don't have anything to do with their time, they are more likely to get involved in trouble and criminality.
Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while - This expression means that even if people are ineffective or misguided, sometimes they can still be correct just by being lucky.
Find your feet - When you are finding your feet, you are in the process of gaining confidence and experience in something.
Your sins will find you out - This idiom means that things you do wrong will become known.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. findan,; akin to D. vinden, OS. & OHG. findan, G. finden, Dan. finde, icel. & Sw. finna, Goth. finþan,; and perh. to L. petere, to seek, Gr. pi`ptein to fall, Skr. pat, to fall, fly, E. petition,


In literature:

I'm afraid she'll never find her lover.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
She may feel sure that there is work for her to do, that she will find work good, and the world a friendly place.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
The doctor's gone the other way to see if he could find a gully by which he could climb up to try and find you.
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
In spite of everything, he had failed to find his father, failed to find the slightest clue to his whereabouts.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Others will find selections included that to their minds are questionable.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
You would find them no sinecure.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
See if you can find Mrs. Curtis and Tom.
"Madge Morton's Victory" by Amy D.V. Chalmers
But you know not when the hour of trial first finds you, nor when it verily finds you.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
I came here only that you might find me.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
Oh, love will find the way even at this very late hour.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White

In poetry:

Lead me, lead me,
I see nowhere land!
Lift me, lift me,
I nowhere footing find!
"Ivar Ingemundson's Lay" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
The world forsaken,
And out of mind
Honour and labour,
We shall not find
The stars unkind.
"Beata Solitudo" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Storm and strife and stress,
Lost in a wilderness,
Groping to find a way,
Forth to the haunts of day
"Death" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Love have I known, too,
As I shall meet no more;
Lost is the magic island,
And I cannot find the shore.
"I Have Been To Hy-Brasail" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
He's none to kiss away my mind-
A slower way is his.
Oh, Lord! On reading this, I find
A silly lot he is.
"The Danger Of Writing Defiant Verse" by Dorothy Parker
Oh, if one master tries so hard
Tyrannical to be,
How out of all Proportion I
Should find a Rule of Three.
"Mathematics" by Arthur Clement Hilton

In news:

Those workers may find it tough to find new work.
That three-pronged approach to " lightening the load" finds ONR scientists developing a host of technologies, including: finding new ways to improve fuel efficiency.
She used to find them made by Old El Paso, but can't find them now.
0 Facebook created a new feature called Find Friends Nearby that helps users find new friends using smartphones' GPS, but now, it has pulled it away.
But an email from Find Your FaceMate—a dating service where people can find a mate that looks like them—stopped my deleting finger cold.
While many find golf to be not only their sport of choice, but also an ideal exercise in relaxation, I find myself stressed by the seemingly simple task.
However, you will also find that as you increase performance, the microns get harder to find.
The key to finding motivation , Flores said, is finding an activity an individual loves.
Find out who's investing in social business by tracking who got hired, the savvy will examine role, industry, title to find interpret growth in our space.
Disney/Pixar Nine years after its initial release, the bright, beautiful "Finding Nemo " is back in theaters, this time in 3-D. "Finding Nemo " has been re-released — in 3-D, of course — and it couldn't come at a better time.
The percula clown fish, which inspired the "Finding Nemo" film brand, is likely to find itself in high demand after the release of the 3D version of the popular movie.
The Monmouth County SPCA is hoping you can find it in your heart to find a place in your home for Onyx or any of the adorable loving pets at the Monmouth County SPCA.
We're told deputies went undercover to find out who was responsible and ended up finding a crime ring.
They didn't find one, and most of them don't really want to find one.
A guy is desperate to find love and is willing to pay big bucks to find it.

In science:

When you reach up to get an object imaged at the top of the retina, then you have indeed got the visual field reversed and will not find the object unless you have on Stratton(cid:213)s lenses.
Combining Research Methods and Results from Psychology and Physics in the Investigation of Quantum Mechanics
Finding the dual field theory in general cases is difficult, except for the cases which have a D-brane interpretation, whose low-energy theory is understood.
Large N field theories from superstrings
Find the sufficient conditions for the Example 3 set-up.
Minimax Entropy and Maximum Likelihood. Complementarity of tasks, identity of solutions
Proper colorings of a graph Finding the number of proper colorings of a graph is a #P-complete problem .
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
Finding a matrix theory description of such membranes is possible but requires choosing a regularization which preserves the complex structure of the brane.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory