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fault  


      n  
1    an imperfection; failing or defect; flaw  
2    a mistake or error  
3    an offence; misdeed  
4    responsibility for a mistake or misdeed; culpability  
5      (Electronics)   a defect in a circuit, component, or line, such as a short circuit  
6      (Geology)   a fracture in the earth's crust resulting in the relative displacement and loss of continuity of the rocks on either side of it  
7      (Tennis, squash, etc.)   an invalid serve, such as one that lands outside a prescribed area  
8    (in showjumping) a penalty mark given for failing to clear or refusing a fence, exceeding a time limit, etc.  
9      (Hunting)   an instance of the hounds losing the scent  
10    deficiency; lack; want  
11    at fault  
a    guilty of error; culpable  
b    perplexed  
c    (of hounds) having temporarily lost the scent  
12    find fault (with)          to seek out minor imperfections or errors (in); carp (at)  
13    to a fault   excessively  
      vb  
14      (Geology)   to undergo or cause to undergo a fault  
15    tr   to find a fault in, criticize, or blame  
16    intr   to commit a fault  
     (C13: from Old French faute, from Vulgar Latin fallita (unattested), ultimately from Latin fallere to fail)  
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find  
      vb   , finds, finding, found   mainly tr  
1    to meet with or discover by chance  
2    to discover or obtain, esp. by search or effort  
to find happiness     
3    may take a clause as object   to become aware of; realize  
he found that nobody knew     
4    may take a clause as object   to regard as being; consider  
I find this wine a little sour     
5    to look for and point out (something to be criticized)  
to find fault     
6    also intr     (Law)   to determine an issue after judicial inquiry and pronounce a verdict (upon)  
the court found the accused guilty     
7    to regain (something lost or not functioning)  
to find one's tongue     
8    to reach (a target)  
the bullet found its mark     
9    to provide, esp. with difficulty  
we'll find room for you too     
10    to be able to pay  
I can't find that amount of money     
11    find oneself   to realize and accept one's real character; discover one's true vocation  
12    find one's feet   to become capable or confident, as in a new job  
      n  
13    a person, thing, etc., that is found, esp. a valuable or fortunate discovery  
     (Old English findan; related to Old Norse finna, Gothic finthan, Old High German fintan to find)  
  findable      adj  


find out  
      vb   adv  
1    to gain knowledge of (something); learn  
he found out what he wanted     
2    to detect the crime, deception, etc., of (someone)  
find the lady  
      n      another name for       three-card trick  

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find  


      vb  
1    catch sight of, chance upon, come across, come up with, descry, discover, encounter, espy, expose, ferret out, hit upon, lay one's hand on, light upon, locate, meet, recognize, run to earth, run to ground, spot, stumble upon, track down, turn up, uncover, unearth  
2    achieve, acquire, attain, earn, gain, get, obtain, procure, win  
3    get back, recover, regain, repossess, retrieve  
4    arrive at, ascertain, become aware, detect, discover, experience, learn, note, notice, observe, perceive, realise, remark  
5    be responsible for, bring, contribute, cough up     (informal)   furnish, provide, purvey, supply  
      n  
6    acquisition, asset, bargain, catch, discovery, good buy  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    lose, mislay, misplace, miss, overlook  


find out  
1    detect, discover, learn, note, observe, perceive, realize  
2    bring to light, catch, detect, disclose, expose, reveal, rumble     (Brit. informal)   suss (out)     (slang)   uncover, unmask  

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
adj.
who cannot find a partner, a date
[Fam.]
n.
endearment phrase used for someone we find sweet
[Fam.] syn.: sweetie, pumpkin, cutie, cutesy pie
exp.
A thing which ought to be perfectly vertical but which through fault is slanting is said to be off plumb.
n.
sigle of "Air Launched Cruise Missile" that can find his target electronically by his own means at a long distance according to a memorized map of the landscape he has to pass over
can also be launched from the soil or the sea. they can be reprogrammed or destroyed during the fly by the "sender"
n.
One place to find many different unique antiques, collectibles, and novelty items
n.
a single place where you can find everything you need, usually found in different places
exp.
find a a partner for someone and act as an intermediary for the two persons to meet
n.
verification conducted by police to find out if a person has a criminal record or not.
Usually requested by an individual for new employment, citizenship applications, name changes, etc.
exp.
expression meaning that someone who is not happy tends to find comfort in seeing others unhappy too
adj.
inclined to bring forward small faults; made to confuse in argument

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