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From Middle English befinden, bifinden, equivalent to be- + find. Cognate with Saterland Frisian befiende (“to be located, befind”), Dutch bevinden (“to find”), German befinden (“to be, be located”), Swedish befinna (“to find, be”).
- (transitive, archaic) To find; discover.
- 1898, Maurice Maeterlinck, Wisdom and Destiny, page 4:
- It is well that the thinker should give his thoughts to the world, though it must be admitted that wisdom befinds itself sometimes in the reverse of the sage's pronouncement.
- 1966, Johann Melchior Dinglinger, Joachim Menzhausen, At the court of the Great Mogul, page 52:
- Farther in the height befinds itself […]
- 2009, A. J. Marshall, The Bastion Prosecutor: Episode 3:
- Until after a full celestial epoch, the fairest place was befound and it was bequest them.
- (transitive, obsolete) To invent; contrive.
- (passive, obsolete) To be found; be.
- imperative of