To Find Something
transitive verb, ichidan verb
You know that 付ける means "to attach" and that 見 means "see." So, when you attach your seeing to something, it's like you're looking around trying to find something. When you find what you're looking for, imagine your eyeballs flying out and attaching to that item, then yelling "I FOUND IT!"
You'll usually see this word with the 付 in kana, so 見つける.
The readings come from 見る and 付ける. If you use those readings, you'll be able to read this word too.
Can you find my mother?
The other day, I found a gem under that tree.
I was glad I could find a book I like today.