A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to recover)
a. encontrar
I found my glasses after hours of looking.Encontré mis gafas tras buscarlas durante horas.
b. hallar
They never found the wreckage of the stricken plane.Nunca hallaron los restos del avión siniestrado.
2. (to come across)
a. encontrar
They found an empty cabin and decided to rest.Encontraron una cabaña vacía y decidieron descansar.
b. hallar
The old woman's son found her dead in her bed.El hijo de la anciana la halló muerta en su cama.
3. (to discover)
a. encontrar
The police didn't find any evidence of fraud.La policía no encontró pruebas de fraude.
b. hallar
It took many years to find a cure for the disease.Tardaron muchos años en hallar una cura para la enfermedad.
4. (to consider)
a. encontrar
I find your conversation interesting.Encuentro interesante tu conversación.
b. parecer
Peter finds Christine very intelligent and beautiful.A Peter Christine le parece muy inteligente y muy guapa.
c. resultar
The truth is, I find the Chinese course quite difficult.La verdad es que el curso de chino me resulta bastante difícil.
5. (legal)
a. hallar
The judge found the defendant innocent due to a lack of evidence.El juez halló inocente al acusado debido a la falta de pruebas.
b. declarar
The vehicle's driver was found guilty of manslaughter.La conductora del vehículo fue declarada culpable de homicidio involuntario.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (discovery)
a. el hallazgo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It was a very important find in tracing the origin of our species.Fue un hallazgo muy importante en la búsqueda del origen de nuestra especie.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. el hallazgo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
2. (discover by chance)
a. encontrar, hallar
to find somebody at home or inencontrar a alguien en casa
I found her waiting in the hallme la encontré esperando en la entrada
leave everything as you found itdeja todo tal y como lo encontraste
I often find myself wondering…a menudo me sorprendo preguntándome…
they found an unexpected supporter in Richard Sandersrecibieron el inesperado apoyo de Richard Sanders
you will find that I am rightte darás cuenta de que tengo razón
I was surprised to find that…me sorprendió enterarme de que…
3. (discover by searching)
a. encontrar, hallar
to try to find somethingtratar de encontrar algo
to find an answer/a solutionhallar una respuesta/una solución
the money has been foundhan encontrado el dinero
she was nowhere to be foundno la encontraron por ninguna parte
to find a job for somebodyencontrarle un trabajo a alguien
he found something for me to dome encontró algo que hacer
he couldn't find it in his heart to tell herno halló fuerzas para decírselo
to find one's wayorientarse, encontrar el camino
this leaflet somehow found its way into my bagno sé cómo ha venido a parar a mi bolso este folleto
to find a way to do somethingencontrar la manera de hacer algo
to find oneselfencontrarse a uno mismo
4. (experience)
they will find it easy/difficultles resultará or lo encontrarán fácil/difícil
she found it impossible to understand himle resultó imposible entenderle
he found it necessary to remind her of her dutyconsideró necesario recordarle su obligación
how did you find the meal/the exam?¿qué te pareció la comida/el examen?
I found her charmingme pareció muy simpática
5. (law)
to find somebody guilty/innocentdeclarar a alguien culpable/inocente
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
6. (law)
to find for/against somebodyfallar a favor de/en contra de alguien
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find [faɪnd] found (past)
transitive verb
1 (after losing) encontrar
did you find your purse? ¿encontraste tu monedero?; I looked but I couldn't find it lo busqué pero no pude encontrarlo; you distracted me, now I can't find my place again me has distraído y ahora no sé por dónde iba
to find one's [feet] to find one's [tongue/voice]
2 (locate) encontrar
the plant is found all over Europe la planta se encuentra or existe en toda Europa; did you find the man? ¿encontraste or localizaste al hombre?
there are no more to be found the castle is to be found just outside the town I can't find a trace of it you won't find any on the menu
the book is nowhere to be found el libro no se encuentra por ninguna parte; to find one's way: can you find your (own) way to the station? ¿sabes llegar a la estación sin ayuda?; ¿puedes encontrar la estación solo?; this found its way into my drawer esto vino a parar a mi cajón
the most unlikely objects found their way into his designs this Michaelangelo found its way out of Italy the idea found its way into his essay after a while I found my way to the street he was an expert at finding his way
to find one's way around orientarse; to find one's way around a new city orientarse en una ciudad nueva
to find your way around a new city you use a map
it took me a while to find my way around their kitchen me llevó un rato familiarizarme con su cocina
she soon managed to find her way around the filing system I need time to find my way around a new town
3 (chance upon) encontrar
I found a pound coin in the street me encontré una moneda de una libra en la calle
the police fa favor de/contra algn
hallazgo (m)
your new assistant is a real find tu nueva ayudante es todo un hallazgo; that was a lucky find! ¡qué buen hallazgo!
look what I found in the attic! some leftover pieces of carpet to match the one in the living room - that was a lucky find! I got this in the bookshop: a guidebook of Lisbon - that was a lucky find! We'll need that when we're on holiday
archaeological finds hallazgos (m) arqueológicos
he's a real find! his discovery was hailed as the botanical find of the century There have been many archaeological finds that showed the Americas have cultures as old as any on Earth
to make a find realizar un descubrimiento
men hunting for treasure on a beach made an unexpected find - a human skull We've already made some big finds on this archaeological site
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