a discovery of something valuable, typically something of archaeological interest:he made his most spectacular finds in the Valley of the Kings
a person who is discovered to be useful or interesting in some way:Ted had turned out to be a real find
Hunting the finding of a fox.
1discover or perceive by chance or unexpectedly:Lindsey looked up to find Niall watching herthe remains of a headless body had been found
discover after a deliberate search:I can’t find my keysthe sailor and his crew were found safe and well last night
(find oneself) discover oneself to be in a particular situation:phobia sufferers often find themselves virtual prisoners in their own home
succeed in obtaining (something):he’s still struggling to find the money for the trip
summon up (a quality, especially courage) with an effort:I found the courage to speak
[no object] (of hunters or hounds) discover game, especially a fox:Lady Montego heard the new halloo—they had found
2identify (something) as being present:vitamin B12 is found in dairy productsa rare species found only in the Italian Alps
discover or experience to be the case: [with object and infinitive]:the majority of staff find the magazine to be informative and useful [with clause]:she found that none of the local nursery schools had an available slot
ascertain by study, calculation, or inquiry:the class are encouraged to find their own solutions to problems
(find oneself) discover the fundamental truths about one’s own character and identity.
[with object and complement] experience or regard (something) in a specified way:both men found it difficult to put ideas into words
Law (of a court) officially declare to be the case: [with object and complement]:he was found guilty of speeding [with clause]:the court found that a police lab expert had fabricated evidence
3reach or arrive at by a natural or normal process:water finds its own level
(find one's way) reach one’s destination, typically without first knowing how to get there:she’ll never find her way to the house on her own
(of a letter) reach (someone).
British dated (of an employee’s wages) with board and lodging provided free:your wages would be five shillings all found