[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. find true north,
  2. finder,
  3. finder's fee,
  4. finders keepers, losers weepers,
  5. finders, keepers,
  6. findlay,
  7. fine,
  8. fine and dandy,
  9. fine art,
  10. fine arts

Origin of finding

before 1000; Middle English, Old English; see find, -ing1

Related formsnon·find·ing, noun

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

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British Dictionary definitions for finding


/ (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


/ (faɪnd) /

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


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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for finding
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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