My textbook give me the next example sentence:

They're in research and development. They find new products for the company to sell.

But I can't see clear the meaning of 'find' in this sentence and I think it's better to use 'develop' instead of 'find':

They're in research and development. They develop new products for the company to sell.

Am I right according to the meaning 'research and development'? Or 'to find' has the meaning 'to develop' as well?


In these examples: find means they are looking for the new products. It does not by itself specify whether they found any or not.

develop means they are making a product, such as starting with an idea, making a prototype, improving it, doing market evaluation and hopefully selling it.

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  • In other words, there's an implied conditional/volitional: the context implies "they find" is short for "they want to find", "they try to find", "they do work with the intention of finding". – Snowbody Apr 1 '14 at 13:31

Most likely, the sentence uses an extended meaning of "find" meaning "discover" or "invent". e.g.

My team found a very effective anti-cancer chemical this month.

The implication is that all products exist as Platonic ideals -- they just have to be found.

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