Naga Chokkanathan

“Find” Vs “Find Out”

Posted on: November 29, 2010

What is the difference between “Find” and “Find Out”? I used to think they can be used interchangeably, But today I learnt that their meanings are quite different. Thanks to my colleague Mr. Larry Glaeser for this Smile

To “find out” implies that you first  “find” information which then allows you to have an insight about the task at hand:

Merriam-Webster Definition of FIND OUT

transitive verb

1: to learn by study, observation, or search : discover

2a : to catch in an offense (as a crime) <the culprits were soon found out>

2b : to ascertain the true character or identity of <the informer was found out>

intransitive verb: to discover, learn, or verify something <I don’t know, but I’ll find out for you>

Examples of FIND OUT

1. <that was around the time that I found out I was adopted>

2. <found out where she lived by checking the phone book>

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