Origin of finding
verb (used with object), found, find·ing.
- to determine after judicial inquiry: to find a person guilty.
- to pronounce as an official act (an indictment, verdict, or judgment).
verb (used without object), found, find·ing.
- 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.
Origin of find
Synonyms for find
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.
Small emergencies were constantly arising and finding her at a loss.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
verb finds, finding or found (faʊnd) (mainly tr)
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)