You can use the word "find" for things that you are looking for. A person "finds" something intentionally (by looking for it) or by accident. A "find" is a discovery or an invention or it’s a recovery when something is lost:

The word "find" is an irregular verb:

simple past past participle
  • Did you find your cat?
  • They found a new house to live in.
  • We need to find a new place to live.
  • I can’t find anything to watch on TV.
  • Laura found a new job.
  • Mark wasn’t able to find the address.
  • Can you find Bismark, North Dakota on a map?
  • Have you been able to find your way around campus?

found a baby

She found a baby floating in a basket.

Sometimes the word "find" is similar to the word "think" or "believe."

  • I find this wine to be too sweet. (find = think)
  • They found Florida to be too hot and humid, so they moved.
  • How do you find life in the United States? (What do you think about life in the United States?)

This next set of sentences shows how to use the word "find" as a noun:

  • This is an important find. (find = discovery)
  • Several new findings support their research. (finding = discovery)
  • I love your new couch. What a great find! (What a great purchase or bargain.)
  • A new find in Africa supports some theories about the origins of early human beings.

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