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Noun: finding  fIn-ding
  1. The act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation
    "the finding of molecular structures";
    - determination
  2. (law) the decision of a court on issues of fact or law
  3. Something that is found
    "the findings in the gastrointestinal tract indicate that he died several hours after dinner"; "an area rich in archaeological findings"
Verb: find (found)  fInd
  1. Come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost
    "Did you find your glasses?"; "I cannot find my gloves!";
    - regain
  2. Come upon, as if by accident; meet with
    "We find this idea in Plato";
    - happen, chance, bump, encounter
  3. Determine the existence, presence, or fact of
    "We found traces of lead in the paint";
    - detect, observe, discover, notice
  4. Establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
    "The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize"; "find the product of two numbers";
    - determine, find out, ascertain
  5. Come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuition, or indefinite grounds
    "I find him to be obnoxious"; "I found the movie rather entertaining";
    - feel
  6. Perceive or be contemporaneous with
    "We found Republicans winning the offices";
    - witness, see
  7. Get something or somebody for a specific purpose
    "I found this gadget that will serve as a bottle opener";
    - line up, get hold, come up
  8. Make a discovery, make a new finding
    "Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle";
    - discover
  9. Determine following investigation
    "She found that he had lied to her";
    - discover
  10. Obtain through effort or management
    "She found the time and energy to take care of her aging parents"; "We found the money to send our sons to college"
  11. Decide on and make a declaration about
    "find someone guilty";
    - rule
  12. Be subject to a specified treatment or analysis
    "These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation";
    - receive, get, obtain, incur
  13. Perceive oneself to be in a certain condition or place
    "I found myself in a difficult situation"; "When he woke up, he found himself in a hospital room"
  14. Get or get back; recover the use of
    "She found her voice and replied quickly";
    - recover, retrieve, regain
  15. Succeed in reaching; arrive at
    "The arrow found its mark"
  16. Accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation
    "My son went to Berkeley to find himself";
    - find oneself

Derived forms: findings

See also: find out

Type of: acquire, arrive at, article, attain, change, comprehend, conceive, conceptualise [Brit], conceptualize, conclude, descry, discover, discovery, espy, experience, find, find out, gain, gestate, get, get a line, get wind, get word, go through, grow, hear, hit, judge, judgement, judgment, judicial decision, label, learn, make, maturate, mature, object, perceive, physical object, pick up, pronounce, reach, reason, reason out, see, sight, spot, spy, uncovering

Antonym: lose

Encyclopedia: Finding