befind

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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).

Verb[edit]

befind (third-person singular simple present befinds, present participle befinding, simple past and past participle befound)

  1. (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.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To invent; contrive.
  3. (passive, obsolete) To be found; be.

Danish[edit]

Verb[edit]

befind

  1. imperative of befinde