1) The verb formerly had several related meanings which are not now in general usage, that is to provide for or to maintain.

1472 And as for William Wakefeld I will he be fownd att the Scole and be att the Rewle of my wife and hir Cownesell and she to fynd hym, Pontefract

1485 I will … that John [Copley] have xx marcs to fynd hym at scole, Bridlington

1533 I will that Margarett my wyff shall have and occupy of my lands … for to kepe brynge up and fynd hyr and my children, Clint

1642 Wee allwayes give our Thatchers iiijd a day, and theire meate … others that finde them not soe good a dyett give them vd a day and theire meate, Elmswell. It was used frequently in cases where an animal had its fodder and pasture guaranteed: 1597 I will that my sonne Ralph shall finde his syster Jane one cow bothe winter and somer … of his owen proper costs, Downholme. The phrase ‘all found’ is still used in connection with working arrangements where food and accommodation are included in the agreement.

dates 1472 1485 1533 1597 1642

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