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Find vs fined

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  • Find and fined are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of find and fined, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.


     

    Find means to discover something, either after a search or unexpectedly, to gain an understanding of something, to obtain something. Find may also mean a valuable discovery. The word find may be used as a noun or a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are finds, found, finding, finder. Find is derived from the Old English word findan.

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    Fined is the past tense of the verb fine, which means to assess a monetary punishment against someone for breaking a law or some other infraction. Related words are fines and fining. The word fine is derived from the Latin word finire which means to finish.

    Examples

    Using a key hidden in a yard for emergencies, a suspected burglar entered a Schellville home Saturday night and was caught after a resident awakened to find him standing in his bedroom, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. (The Press Democrat)

    Supt Ferguson said the find was “very significant” but could not give a tally of how much drugs were seized or give a dollar value as “officers are still pulling drugs from the vessel” when he spoke to The Tribune. (The Bahamas Tribune)

    A 32-year-old motorcyclist who hit a police officer on Washington Lane on Saturday was today fined $2,750 and banned from the roads for a year. (The Royal Gazette)

    The NFL fined the Chiefs’ cornerback $24,309 for unsportsmanlike conduct and the non-physical contact with a game official. (USA Today)

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