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    Lightbulb A temporary compromise was found.

    Hello,
    What does 'find' mean?!
    What is the corresponding match for the meaning of the verb "Find" in the following sentence, base of the below source:http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/find_1

    "A temporary compromise was found."

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    Re: A temporary compromise was found.

    I'd be surprised if dictionaries didn't deal with this. But they may think that the basic meaning of 'succeed in looking for something' is enough.

    Imagine a mediator and two parties A and Z. The mediator asks them (probably in separate rooms) what they want, and then compares A's list with Z's list. It may be difficult, and it will involve compromise (changing what you want in order to fit in with someone else's wishes - maybe in return for them changing one of their requirements).

    This is what is 'found'; it's a metaphorical sort of 'find', because in a simple case when you find an object it already existed before you started looking. In the case of a compromise however it doesn't exist until someone looks and ultimately defines it.

    (I don't have time to read the full context, but they probably used the passive - 'was found' - to avoid having to say that either party made concessions [maybe for political reasons]! )

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    Re: A temporary compromise was found.

    Thanks,
    Do you think 5 in Longman and 3a in Merriam-Webster are correct?!
    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/find_1
    http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/find

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    Re: A temporary compromise was found.

    They're fine (and they have nothing to with 'finding a compromise').

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    Re: A temporary compromise was found.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    They're fine (and they have nothing to with 'finding a compromise').


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    What did you mean by saying "and they have nothing to with 'finding a compromise" ?! I didn't understand.

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    Re: A temporary compromise was found.

    Well I assumed, as you mentioned it in this thread, that you thought they did have something to do with it (and that you could not understand them in the light of my earlier answer - which was why you were questioning them). Otherwise, it would have been better to say something like this:
    Incidentally, while I was looking for an answer to this question, I found these other definitions. Could you confirm that they're right?
    'Incidentally' there is what's called a 'linking word'. Linking words are very useful in helping a text hang together (and so make sense).

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