- 1. discovery, breakthrough, find, insight, brainstorm, brainwave
- usage: a productive insight
- 2. discovery, find, uncovering, act, deed, human action, human activity
- usage: the act of discovering something
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- 1. find, happen, chance, bump, encounter
- usage: come upon, as if by accident; meet with; "We find this idea in Plato"; "I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here"; "She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day"
- 2. detect, observe, find, discover, notice, spy, sight
- usage: discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of; "She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water"; "We found traces of lead in the paint"
- 3. find, regain, get, acquire
- usage: come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost; "Did you find your glasses?"; "I cannot find my gloves!"
- 4. determine, find, find out, ascertain
- usage: establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study; "find the product of two numbers"; "The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize"
- 5. find, feel, reason, reason out, conclude
- usage: come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds; "I feel that he doesn't like me"; "I find him to be obnoxious"; "I found the movie rather entertaining"
- 6. witness, find, see, experience, see, go through
- usage: perceive or be contemporaneous with; "We found Republicans winning the offices"; "You'll see a lot of cheating in this school"; "The 1960's saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions"; "I want to see results"
- 7. line up, get hold, come up, find, get, acquire
- usage: get something or somebody for a specific purpose; "I found this gadget that will serve as a bottle opener"; "I got hold of these tools to fix our plumbing"; "The chairman got hold of a secretary on Friday night to type the urgent letter"
- 8. discover, find, gestate, conceive, conceptualize, conceptualise
- usage: make a discovery, make a new finding; "Roentgen discovered X-rays"; "Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle"
- 9. discover, find, learn, hear, get word, get wind, pick up, find out, get a line, discover, see
- usage: make a discovery; "She found that he had lied to her"; "The story is false, so far as I can discover"
- 10. find, get, acquire
- usage: obtain through effort or management; "She found the time and energy to take care of her aging parents"; "We found the money to send our sons to college"
- 11. rule, find, pronounce, label, judge
- usage: decide on and make a declaration about; "find someone guilty"
- 12. receive, get, find, obtain, incur, change
- usage: receive a specified treatment (abstract); "These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation"; "His movie received a good review"; "I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions"
- 13. find, perceive, comprehend
- usage: perceive oneself to be in a certain condition or place; "I found myself in a difficult situation"; "When he woke up, he found himself in a hospital room"
- 14. recover, retrieve, find, regain, get, acquire
- usage: get or find back; recover the use of; "She regained control of herself"; "She found her voice and replied quickly"
- 15. find, reach, make, attain, hit, arrive at, gain
- usage: succeed in reaching; arrive at; "The arrow found its mark"
- 16. find oneself, find, mature, maturate, grow
- usage: accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation; "My son went to Berkeley to find himself"
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