From Middle English fanden, fandien, from Old English fandian (“to try, attempt, tempt, test, examine, explore, search out, seek to know, experience, visit”), from Proto-Germanic *fandōną (“to seek, inquire”), from Proto-Indo-European *pent- (“to come, go”). Cognate with North Frisian fanljien (“to visit”), Dutch dialectal vanden, German fahnden (“to search”). Related to find.
- (transitive) To seek (to do a thing); try; attempt; endeavour; make a shift.
- (transitive, Britain dialectal) To test; examine; make a trial of; prove.
- (transitive, Britain dialectal) To put someone through a trial; test; tempt; entice.
- simple past tense of .
- IPA(key): /fant/
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- Rhymes: -ant
- Homophone: Pfand (only according to a regional pronunciation of this word)
- first-person singular preterite of
- third-person singular preterite of