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find (v.)

Old English findan "come upon, meet with; discover; obtain by search or study" (class III strong verb; past tense fand, past participle funden), from Proto-Germanic *findan "to come upon, discover" (source also of Old Saxon findan, Old Frisian finda, Old Norse finna, Middle Dutch vinden, Old High German findan, German finden, Gothic finþan), originally "to come upon."

The Germanic word is from PIE root *pent- "to tread, go" (source also of Old High German fendeo "pedestrian;" Sanskrit panthah "path, way;" Avestan panta "way;" Greek pontos "open sea," patein "to tread, walk;" Latin pons (genitive pontis) "bridge;" Old Church Slavonic pǫti "path," pęta "heel;" Russian put' "path, way"). The prehistoric sense development in Germanic would be from "to go" to "to find (out)," but Boutkan has serious doubts about this.

Germanic *-th- in English tends to become -d- after -n-. The change in the Germanic initial consonant is from Grimm's Law. To find out "to discover by scrutiny" is from 1550s (Middle English had a verb, outfinden, "to find out," c. 1300).

find (n.)

"person or thing discovered, discovery of something valuable," 1825, from find (v.).

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Definitions of find from WordNet
1
find (v.)
come upon, as if by accident; meet with;
We find this idea in Plato
Synonyms: happen / chance / bump / encounter
find (v.)
discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of;
We found traces of lead in the paint
Synonyms: detect / observe / discover / notice
find (v.)
come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost;
Did you find your glasses?
I cannot find my gloves!
Synonyms: regain
find (v.)
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
Synonyms: determine / find out / ascertain
find (v.)
come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds;
I found the movie rather entertaining
I find him to be obnoxious
Synonyms: feel
find (v.)
perceive or be contemporaneous with;
We found Republicans winning the offices
Synonyms: witness / see
find (v.)
get something or somebody for a specific purpose;
I found this gadget that will serve as a bottle opener
Synonyms: line up / get hold / come up
find (v.)
make a discovery, make a new finding;
Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle
Synonyms: discover
find (v.)
make a discovery;
She found that he had lied to her
Synonyms: discover
find (v.)
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
find (v.)
decide on and make a declaration about;
find someone guilty
Synonyms: rule
find (v.)
receive a specified treatment (abstract);
These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation
Synonyms: receive / get / obtain / incur
find (v.)
perceive oneself to be in a certain condition or place;
When he woke up, he found himself in a hospital room
I found myself in a difficult situation
find (v.)
get or find back; recover the use of;
She found her voice and replied quickly
Synonyms: recover / retrieve / regain
find (v.)
succeed in reaching; arrive at;
The arrow found its mark
find (v.)
accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation;
My son went to Berkeley to find himself
Synonyms: find oneself
2
find (n.)
a productive insight;
Synonyms: discovery / breakthrough
find (n.)
the act of discovering something;
Synonyms: discovery / uncovering
From wordnet.princeton.edu