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Replace vs. Find — What's the Difference?

Replace vs. Find — What's the Difference?

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Replace

Take the place of
Ian's smile was replaced by a frown

Find

To come upon, often by accident; meet with
Found a dime on the floor.

Replace

Put (something) back in a previous place or position
He drained his glass and replaced it on the bar

Find

To come upon or discover by searching or making an effort
Finally found the leak in the pipe.

Replace

To put back into a former position or place
Replaced the sofa after vacuuming.
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Find

To discover or ascertain through observation, experience, or study
Found a solution.
Find the product of two numbers.
Found that it didn't really matter.

Replace

To restore or return
Replaced the money he had stolen.

Find

To perceive to be, after experience or consideration
Found the gadget surprisingly useful.
Found the book entertaining.

Replace

To take the place of
Jets have largely replaced propeller planes. Nurse practitioners are replacing doctors in some clinics.

Find

To experience or feel
Found comfort in her smile.

Replace

To fill the place of; provide a substitute for
Replaced the team's coach.
Replaced the wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood floors. See Usage Note at substitute.

Find

To recover (something lost)
Found her keys.

Replace

(transitive) To restore to a former place, position, condition, etc.; to put back
When you've finished using the telephone, please replace the handset.

Find

To recover the use of; regain
Found my voice and replied.

Replace

(transitive) To refund; to repay; to pay back
You can take what you need from the petty cash, but you must replace it tomorrow morning.

Find

To succeed in reaching; arrive at
The dart found its mark.

Replace

(transitive) To supply or substitute an equivalent for
I replaced my car with a newer model.
The batteries were dead so I replaced them

Find

To obtain or acquire by effort
Found the money by economizing.

Replace

(transitive) To take over the position or role from.

Find

To decide on and make a declaration about
The jury deliberated and found a verdict of guilty.

Replace

(transitive) To take the place of; to be used instead of
This security pass replaces the one you were given earlier.

Find

To furnish; supply
We can find a bed for you somewhere in the house.

Replace

(transitive) To demolish (a building) and build an updated form of that building in its place.

Find

To bring (oneself) to an awareness of what one truly wishes to be and do in life.

Replace

To place again.

Find

To perceive (oneself) to be in a specific place or condition
Found herself at home that night.
Found himself drawn to the stranger.

Replace

To put in a new or different place.

Find

To come to a legal decision or verdict
The jury found for the defendant.

Replace

To place again; to restore to a former place, position, condition, or the like.
The earl . . . was replaced in his government.

Find

The act of finding.

Replace

To refund; to repay; to restore; as, to replace a sum of money borrowed.

Find

Something that is found, especially an unexpectedly valuable discovery
The Rosetta stone was a providential archaeological find.

Replace

To supply or substitute an equivalent for; as, to replace a lost document.
With Israel, religion replaced morality.

Find

To locate

Replace

To take the place of; to supply the want of; to fulfull the end or office of.
This duty of right intention does not replace or supersede the duty of consideration.

Find

(transitive) To encounter or discover by accident; to happen upon.
I found this shell on the beach

Replace

To put in a new or different place.

Find

(transitive) To encounter or discover something being searched for; to locate.
I found my car keys. They were under the couch.

Replace

Substitute a person or thing for (another that is broken or inefficient or lost or no longer working or yielding what is expected);
He replaced the old razor blade
We need to replace the secretary that left a month ago
The insurance will replace the lost income
This antique vase can never be replaced

Find

(ditransitive) Locate on behalf of another
I found you a new place to live

Replace

Take the place or move into the position of;
Smith replaced Miller as CEO after Miller left
The computer has supplanted the slide rule
Mary replaced Susan as the team's captain and the highest-ranked player in the school

Find

(ditransitive) To discover by study or experiment direct to an object or end.
Water is found to be a compound substance.

Replace

Put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items;
The con artist replaced the original with a fake Rembrandt
Substitute regular milk with fat-free milk

Find

(transitive) To gain, as the object of desire or effort.
To find leisure; to find means

Replace

Put something back where it belongs;
Replace the book on the shelf after you have finished reading it
Please put the clean dishes back in the cabinet when you have washed them

Find

(transitive) To attain to; to arrive at; to acquire.
Looks like he found a new vehicle for himself!

Find

(transitive) To point out.
He kept finding faults with my work.

Find

(ditransitive) To decide that, to discover that, to form the opinion that.
I find your argument unsatisfactory.

Find

(transitive) To arrive at, as a conclusion; to determine as true; to establish.
To find a verdict; to find a true bill (of indictment) against an accused person

Find

To supply; to furnish.
To find food for workmen

Find

To provide for
He finds his nephew in money.

Find

To determine or judge.
The jury finds for the defendant.

Find

To successfully pass to or shoot the ball into.
Peters finds Jinkins, who is running down the left wing.

Find

To discover game.

Find

Anything that is found (usually valuable), as objects on an archeological site or a person with talent.

Find

The act of finding.

Find

To meet with, or light upon, accidentally; to gain the first sight or knowledge of, as of something new, or unknown; hence, to fall in with, as a person.
Searching the window for a flint, I foundThis paper, thus sealed up.
In woods and forests thou art found.

Find

To learn by experience or trial; to perceive; to experience; to discover by the intellect or the feelings; to detect; to feel.
The torrid zone is now found habitable.

Find

To come upon by seeking; as, to find something lost.
Seek, and ye shall find.
Every mountain now hath found a tongue.

Find

To provide for; to supply; to furnish; as, to find food for workemen; he finds his nephew in money.
Wages £14 and all found.
Nothing a day and find yourself.

Find

To arrive at, as a conclusion; to determine as true; to establish; as, to find a verdict; to find a true bill (of indictment) against an accused person.
To find his title with some shows of truth.

Find

To determine an issue of fact, and to declare such a determination to a court; as, the jury find for the plaintiff.

Find

Anything found; a discovery of anything valuable; especially, a deposit, discovered by archæologists, of objects of prehistoric or unknown origin.

Find

A productive insight

Find

The act of discovering something

Find

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

Find

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

Find

Come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost;
Did you find your glasses?
I cannot find my gloves!

Find

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

Find

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

Find

Perceive or be contemporaneous with;
We found Republicans winning the offices
You'll see a lot of cheating in this school
I want to see results
The 1960 saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions
I want to see results

Find

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

Find

Make a discovery, make a new finding;
Roentgen discovered X-rays
Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle

Find

Make a discovery;
She found that he had lied to her
The story is false, so far as I can discover

Find

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

Find

Decide on and make a declaration about;
Find someone guilty

Find

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

Find

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

Find

Get or find back; recover the use of;
She regained control of herself
She found her voice and replied quickly

Find

Succeed in reaching; arrive at;
The arrrow found its mark

Find

Accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation;
My son went to Berkeley to find himself

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