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found Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun food and lodging provided in addition to money
    • they worked for $30 and found
  2. verb set up or found
    establish; set up; launch.
    • She set up a literacy program
  3. verb set up or lay the groundwork for
    constitute; plant; establish; institute.
    • establish a new department
  4. verb use as a basis for; found on
    base; establish; ground.
    • base a claim on some observation
  5. verb come upon, as if by accident; meet with
    chance; bump; happen; find; encounter.
    • 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
  6. verb discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
    notice; observe; detect; find; discover.
    • She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water
    • We found traces of lead in the paint
  7. verb come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost
    regain; find.
    • Did you find your glasses?
    • I cannot find my gloves!
  8. verb establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
    find out; find; determine; ascertain.
    • find the product of two numbers
    • The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize
  9. verb come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds
    feel; find.
    • I feel that he doesn't like me
    • I find him to be obnoxious
    • I found the movie rather entertaining
  10. verb perceive or be contemporaneous with
    see; find; witness.
    • 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
  11. verb get something or somebody for a specific purpose
    line up; get hold; find; come up.
    • 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
  12. verb make a discovery, make a new finding
    discover; find.
    • Roentgen discovered X-rays
    • Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle
  13. verb make a discovery
    discover; find.
    • She found that he had lied to her
    • The story is false, so far as I can discover
  14. verb 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
  15. verb decide on and make a declaration about
    find; rule.
    • find someone guilty
  16. verb receive a specified treatment (abstract)
    receive; incur; obtain; find; get.
    • 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
  17. verb 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
  18. verb get or find back; recover the use of
    regain; recover; retrieve; find.
    • She regained control of herself
    • She found her voice and replied quickly
  19. verb succeed in reaching; arrive at
    • The arrow found its mark
  20. verb accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation
    find oneself; find.
    • My son went to Berkeley to find himself
  21. adjective come upon unexpectedly or after searching
    • found art
    • the lost-and-found department

  1. imp. & p. p. of Find.
Found transitive verb
F. fondre, L. fundere to found, pour.
imperfect & past participle Founded; present participle & verbal noun Founding
  1. To form by melting a metal, and pouring it into a mold; to cast. "Whereof to found their engines." Milton.
Found noun
  1. A thin, single-cut file for combmakers.
Found transitive verb
F. fonder, L. fundare, fr. fundus bottom. See 1st Bottom, and cf. Founder, v. i., Fund.
imperfect & past participle Founded; present participle & verbal noun Founding
  1. To lay the basis of; to set, or place, as on something solid, for support; to ground; to establish upon a basis, literal or figurative; to fix firmly.
    I had else been perfect, Whole as the marble, founded as the rock. Shak.
    A man that all his time Hath founded his good fortunes on your love. Shak.
    It fell not, for it was founded on a rock. Matt. vii. 25.
  2. To take the ffirst steps or measures in erecting or building up; to furnish the materials for beginning; to begin to raise; to originate; as, to found a college; to found a family.
    There they shall found Their government, and their great senate choose. Milton.
    Syn. -- To base; ground; institute; establish; fix. See Predicate.

Webster 1913

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