For the verb: "to find"

Present Participle: finding

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
find•ing /ˈfaɪndɪŋ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Often, findings. [plural] something that is found out.
    • Lawa judicial decision or verdict.
    • Governmenta U.S. presidential order authorizing an action.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
find•ing  (fīnding),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act of a person or thing that finds;
  2. Often,  findings. something that is found or ascertained.
  3. Lawa decision or verdict after judicial inquiry.
  4. findings, tools, materials, etc., used by artisans.
  • bef. 1000; Middle English, Old English; see find, -ing1

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
find /faɪnd/USA pronunciation   v.,  found/faʊnd/USA pronunciation  find•ing, n. 
  1. to come upon by chance;
    meet with:[+ object]to find a dime in the street.
  2. to locate by search or effort:[+ object]to find an apartment.
  3. to recover (something lost):[+ object]I found my watch under the clothes.
  4. [usually not: be + ~-ing] to discover or perceive (something) after thinking about it or experiencing it: [+ object + to + verb]to find something to be true.[+ object + adjective + to + verb]I found it hard to believe that they would betray me.[+ (that) clause]I found that money can't buy happiness.
  5. (used with impersonal subjects like "one'' or "you'', or in the passive form, be found) exist:[not: be + ~-ing;  ~ + object]One/You won't find much rainfall in the desert.
  6. to gain or regain the use of:[usually not: be + ~-ing;  ~ + object]Where does the school find the money to get computers every year?
  7. to figure out by study or calculation:[+ object]to find the sum of several numbers.
  8. to feel;
    perceive:[+ object]I found some peace at work.
  9. to become aware of (oneself), as being in a certain condition or place:[+ oneself]She awoke to find herself back home.
  10. Law[not: be + ~-ing]
    • [+ object + adjective] to determine after judicial inquiry:to find a person guilty.
    • [+ for + object] to determine or decide an issue after a trial:The jury found for the defendant.
  11. find out: 
    • to discover, expose, or confirm: [+ out + object]The detective couldn't find out anything about that suspect.
    • [+ object + out] to uncover and expose the true nature of (someone):You will be found out if you lie.

n. [countable]
  1. something found, esp. a valuable or gratifying discovery:What a find: gold, bullion, and old Spanish coins.
  1. Idiomsfind oneself, to discover and pursue one's genuine interests and talents:He took a year off from school in order to find himself.

find•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
find  (fīnd),USA pronunciation v.,  found, find•ing, n. 
  1. to come upon by chance;
    meet with:He found a nickel in the street.
  2. to locate, attain, or obtain by search or effort:to find an apartment; to find happiness.
  3. to locate or recover (something lost or misplaced):I can't find my blue socks.
  4. to discover or perceive after consideration:to find something to be true.
  5. to gain or regain the use of:His anger finally helped him find his tongue.
  6. to ascertain by study or calculation:to find the sum of several numbers.
  7. to feel or perceive:He finds it so.
  8. 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.
  9. to discover:Columbus found America in 1492.
  10. Law
    • to determine after judicial inquiry:to find a person guilty.
    • to pronounce as an official act (an indictment, verdict, or judgment).
  11. to provide or furnish:Bring blankets and we'll find the rest of the equipment for the trip.
  12. Dialect Terms[South Midland and Southern U.S.](of farm animals) to give birth to:The brown cow found a calf yesterday.

  1. Lawto determine an issue after judicial inquiry:The jury found for the plaintiff.
  2. British Terms, Sport[Hunting Brit.]to come upon game.
  3. find fault. See  fault (def. 12).
  4. Idiomsfind 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.
  5. 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.

  1. an act of finding or discovering.
  2. something found;
    a discovery, esp. a valuable or gratifying one:Our cook was a find.
  3. Sport[Hunting.]a discovery of game, esp. foxes.
finda•ble, adj. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English finden, Old English findan; cognate with German finden, Dutch vinden, Old Norse finna, Gothic finthan
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged achieve, win, earn, acquire.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

finding /ˈfaɪndɪŋ/ n
  1. a thing that is found or discovered
  2. the conclusion reached after a judicial inquiry; verdict
  3. (plural) US the tools and equipment of an artisan

find /faɪnd/ vb (finds, finding, found /faʊnd/)(mainly tr)
  1. to meet with or discover by chance
  2. to discover or obtain, esp by search or effort: to find happiness
  3. (may take a clause as object) to become aware of; realize: he found that nobody knew
  4. (may take a clause as object) to regard as being; consider: I find this wine a little sour
  5. to look for and point out (something to be criticized): to find fault
  6. (also intr) to determine an issue after judicial inquiry and pronounce a verdict (upon): the court found the accused guilty
  7. to regain (something lost or not functioning): to find one's tongue
  8. to reach (a target): the bullet found its mark
  9. to provide, esp with difficulty: we'll find room for you too
  10. to be able to pay: I can't find that amount of money
  11. find oneselfto realize and accept one's real character; discover one's true vocation
  12. find one's feetto become capable or confident, as in a new job
  1. a person, thing, etc, that is found, esp a valuable or fortunate discovery
Etymology: Old English findan; related to Old Norse finna, Gothic finthan, Old High German fintan to find

ˈfindable adj

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