find out

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find out (third-person singular simple present finds out, present participle finding out, simple past and past participle found out)

  1. (idiomatic) To discover, as by asking or investigating.
    I don't know who the twenty-first president of the United States was, but it should be very easy to find out.
    • 1912, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World [], London, New York, N.Y.: Hodder and Stoughton, →OCLC:
      "Why shouldn't somethin' new and wonderful lie in such a country? And why shouldn't we be the men to find it out?"
    • 2020 December 2, Paul Bigland, “My weirdest and wackiest Rover yet”, in Rail, page 68:
      I haven't booked, so I don't have a clue as to whether the service will be busy or not. Supposedly, reservations are compulsory, but I want to find out what would happen if you just turn up.
  2. To discover or expose (someone) as disobedient, dishonest, etc.
    He had been fiddling the books for years, but finally he was found out.
  3. To uncover a weakness in (someone).
    He may cope with the multiple choice questions, but the written exam will find him out.
    If you don't try, you do not find it out.

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