Origin of finding
- to come upon by chance; meet with: He found a nickel in the street.
- to locate, attain, or obtain by search or effort: to find an apartment; to find happiness.
- to locate or recover (something lost or misplaced): I can't find my blue socks.
- to discover or perceive after consideration: to find something to be true.
- to gain or regain the use of: His anger finally helped him find his tongue.
- to ascertain by study or calculation: to find the sum of several numbers.
- to feel or perceive: He finds it so.
- to become aware of, or discover (oneself), as being in a condition or location: After a long illness, he found himself well again. She woke to find herself at home.
- to discover: Columbus found America in 1492.
- to determine after judicial inquiry: to find a person guilty.
- to pronounce as an official act (an indictment, verdict, or judgment).
- to provide or furnish: Bring blankets and we'll find the rest of the equipment for the trip.
- South Midland and Southern U.S. (of farm animals) to give birth to: The brown cow found a calf yesterday.
- to determine an issue after judicial inquiry: The jury found for the plaintiff.
- British Hunting. to come upon game.
- an act of finding or discovering.
- something found; a discovery, especially a valuable or gratifying one: Our cook was a find.
- Hunting. a discovery of game, especially foxes.
- find out,
- to discover or confirm the truth of (something).
- to detect or expose, as a crime or offense.
- to uncover the true nature, identity, or intentions of (someone): They found him out before he could launch the rebellion.
- find fault. fault(def 16).
- find oneself, to discover where one's real interests or talents lie, and follow them: After trying many occupations, he finally found himself and became an account executive.
Origin of find
Synonyms for findSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for findingdecision, recommendation, data, discovery, conclusion, decree, pronouncement, award, sentence
Examples from the Web for finding
Contemporary Examples of finding
And there is definitely something to finding solace in food, familiarity, and memory.Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone
January 6, 2015
Finding the shop is a trip in itself and an introduction to a slice of history.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
January 6, 2015
Finding a smuggler in Ventimiglia is easier than finding good food.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 6, 2015
Finding the common bonds that help us realize that we have far more in common than that which separates us.In 2015, Let’s Try for More Compassion
January 4, 2015
“We were finding people in possession of thousands of paper prescriptions,” he said.No More Paper Prescriptions: Docs Fight Fraud by Going Electronic
December 18, 2014
Historical Examples of finding
Finding his struggles useless, he resorted to expostulation.Brave and Bold
We have been most fortunate in finding water, and I am indeed very thankful for it.Explorations in Australia
I could not succeed in finding the plant for which they had been digging.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
At length, on finding the requisite water in its bed, I encamped.
Subconsciously his busy ego was finding solace after last night's rebuff.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- a thing that is found or discovered
- law the conclusion reached after a judicial inquiry; verdict
- (plural) US the tools and equipment of an artisan
- to meet with or discover by chance
- to discover or obtain, esp by search or effortto find happiness
- (may take a clause as object) to become aware of; realizehe found that nobody knew
- (may take a clause as object) to regard as being; considerI find this wine a little sour
- to look for and point out (something to be criticized)to find fault
- (also intr) law to determine an issue after judicial inquiry and pronounce a verdict (upon)the court found the accused guilty
- to regain (something lost or not functioning)to find one's tongue
- to reach (a target)the bullet found its mark
- to provide, esp with difficultywe'll find room for you too
- to be able to payI can't find that amount of money
- find oneself to realize and accept one's real character; discover one's true vocation
- find one's feet to become capable or confident, as in a new job
- a person, thing, etc, that is found, esp a valuable or fortunate discovery
Word Origin for find
"person or thing discovered," 1825, from find (v.).
Old English findan "come upon, meet with, discover; obtain by search or study" (class III strong verb; past tense fand, past participle funden), from Proto-Germanic *finthan "to come upon, discover" (cf. Old Saxon findan, Old Frisian finda, Old Norse finna, Middle Dutch vinden, Old High German findan, German finden, Gothic finþan), originally "to come upon."
The Germanic word is from PIE root *pent- "to tread, go" (cf. Old High German fendeo "pedestrian;" Sanskrit panthah "path, way;" Avestan panta "way;" Greek pontos "open sea," patein "to tread, walk;" Latin pons (genitive pontis) "bridge;" Old Church Slavonic poti "path," peta "heel;" Russian put' "path, way"). To find out "to discover by scrutiny" is from 1550s (Middle English had a verb, outfinden, c.1300).
In addition to the idioms beginning with find
- find fault
- find it in one's heart
- find one's bearings
- find oneself
- find one's way
- find out
- find true north
- hard way (find out the)