[ fahyn-ding ]
/ ˈfaɪn dɪŋ /


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 forms

non·find·ing, noun

Definition for finding (2 of 2)

Origin of find

before 900; Middle English finden, Old English findan; cognate with German finden, Dutch vinden, Old Norse finna, Gothic finthan

Related forms

find·a·ble, adjectivere·find, verb (used with object), re·found, re·find·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for finding (1 of 2)


/ (ˈfaɪndɪŋ) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for finding (2 of 2)


/ (faɪnd) /

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


a person, thing, etc, that is found, esp a valuable or fortunate discovery

Derived Forms

findable, 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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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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