the act of a person or thing that finds; discovery.
Often findings. something that is found or ascertained.
Law. a decision or verdict after judicial inquiry.
findings, tools, materials, etc., used by artisans.

Origin of finding

before 1000; Middle English, Old English; see find, -ing1
Related formsnon·find·ing, noun



verb (used with object), found, find·ing.

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.
  1. to determine after judicial inquiry: to find a person guilty.
  2. 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.

verb (used without object), found, find·ing.

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.

Verb Phrases

find out,
  1. to discover or confirm the truth of (something).
  2. to detect or expose, as a crime or offense.
  3. to uncover the true nature, identity, or intentions of (someone): They found him out before he could launch the rebellion.

Origin of find

before 900; Middle English finden, Old English findan; cognate with German finden, Dutch vinden, Old Norse finna, Gothic finthan
Related formsfind·a·ble, adjectivere·find, verb (used with object), re·found, re·find·ing.

Synonyms for find Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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


verb finds, finding or found (faʊnd) (mainly tr)

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
Derived Formsfindable, adjective

Word Origin for find

Old English findan; related to Old Norse finna, Gothic finthan, Old High German fintan to find
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Word Origin and History for finding

c.1300, "an abandoned child," verbal noun from find (v.). Cf. foundling. Later, "a discovery; that which is found out" (1590s). Meaning "result of a judicial examination" is from 1859. Related: Findings.



"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with finding


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

also see:

  • hard way (find out the)
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