find find [faɪnd] verb found PTandPP [faʊnd] [transitive]
1. if you find work or employment, you get a job or some work. If you find someone to do a job, you employ them to do that job:

• Karen found a job with a major travel company after she completed her course.

• an assignment to find a chief executive for the American Council of Life Insurance

2. to discover or learn something by study or research:

• We found 36% of customers interviewed said they had to wait between five and 10 minutes to be served.

• The survey found that these drivers were more likely to drive badly and break the law.

— findings noun [plural] :

• The findings show that 16 percent of students went on to take vocational or business courses.

• Following the on-site inspection, the findings are analysed and the surveyor prepares a written report.

3. LAW if someone accused of a crime is found guilty or innocent, a court of law decides that they are guilty or innocent of that crime:
find be found guilty/​innocent of something

• All the senior executives were found guilty of conspiring to mislead the markets during the £837 million Blue Arrow rights issue.

4. find for/​against somebody LAW to decide in a court of law whether someone is innocent or guilty of a crime:

• The Board of Review allowed the taxpayer's appeal, but the High Court found for the Commissioner.

• If the court finds against the bank, its bosses might be replaced with central-bank appointees.

— finding noun [countable usually plural] :

• Accountants inevitably greeted the court's finding with some concern.

• If the appellant is dissatisfied with the findings of the Appeal Committee, he may seek judicial review of the decision in the courts.

5. COMPUTING if you find a computer file, you bring it up on your screen so that you can read it or write in it:

• Windows lets you find a file without having to remember which program you were using when you created it.

6. informal if you find an amount of money, you have enough money to allow you to do something:

• The first-time buyer has to find a deposit of 5% or more of the property price.

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finding UK US /ˈfaɪndɪŋ/ noun [C]
[often plural] information or a fact that is discovered by studying something: findings on sth »

The inquiry has published its findings on the gender pay gap.


According to the report's findings, year-on-year new car prices have fallen by 1.3 per cent.

the key/main/major finding(s) »

One of the key findings of the survey is that British firms exporting to Europe for the first time find it difficult to make overseas customers pay on time.

findings show/suggest »

Our findings show that people would work more efficiently if they were allowed to work flexibly.

present/publish/announce findings »

She and the other researchers presented their findings at a conference this summer in Toronto.

initial/preliminary findings »

Last week, the committee handed the preliminary findings of its investigation to the United States' Securities and Exchange Commission.

LAW a decision in a court of law: »

We disagree with the court's finding, as we believe that there was more than sufficient evidence that Mr. Brown failed to file his tax returns.

finding against/in favour of sb »

A finding against him could cost him the right to work as a financial adviser.

make/reach a finding »

They reached a finding of gross negligence.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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