find (oneself)

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find (oneself)

1. To discover and pursue one's true and inherent character, passion, skill, or vocation. I know you're unhappy in your job, so I think you should take some time off to really find yourself. Many students leave college and realize that they still have yet to find themselves.
2. To discover, recognize, or realize one's location, thoughts, or sentiments. Lost in a deep reverie, I suddenly found myself in a neighborhood I didn't recognize. I find myself inclined to agree with the professor's assessment.
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find

(something) out the hard way Go to learn (something) the hard way.

find

(something) out (about someone or something) (from someone or something) to learn something about someone or something from someone or something. What did you find out about Terry from Mr. Franklin? I didn't find anything out about Roger from the newspaper stories. I found out what I wanted to know about solar flares from the encyclopedia. What did you find out about Bill?

find

oneself Fig. to discover what one's talents and preferences are. Bill did better in school after he found himself. John tried a number of different jobs. He finally found himself when he became a cook.

find oneself

1. Become aware of what one wishes and can best do in life. For example, At last he's found himself-he really loves teaching. The same idea was sometimes put as to find one's feet, transferring a baby's new ability to stand or walk to a person becoming conscious of his or her abilities. [Late 1800s]
2. Discover where one is; also, how one is feeling. For example, He suddenly found himself on the right street, or To my surprise I find myself agreeing with you. [Mid-1400s]
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References in classic literature ?
"That may well be," said the young girl, "for it has many a time happened to me to dream that I was falling down from a tower and never coming to the ground, and when I awoke from the dream to find myself as weak and shaken as if I had really fallen."
"There is the point, senora," replied Sancho Panza, "that I without dreaming at all, but being more awake than I am now, find myself with scarcely less wheals than my master, Don Quixote."
I find myself, even as I am, better off than the Elephant."
I find myself writing in a lower tone than usual; I miss my own dash of humor.
Even to me, a Mathematician of no mean standing, and the Grandfather of two most hopeful and perfectly regular Hexagons, to find myself in the midst of a crowd of rotating Polygons of the higher classes, is occasionally very perplexing.
But I find myself digressing into the subject of Irregularities, a matter of such vital interest that it demands a separate section.
"I do not know why I find myself talking on this matter to you.
I find myself at times very unpopular with people, whose good opinion I am anxious to retain, simply owing to this too general misapprehension."
As each week passes, I find myself another week closer to the Fittest Loser finale, and I feel stressed and bummed about it.
As I leave NZNO after seven years as a professional nursing adviser, I find myself reflecting on aged care --where it was when I started, where it is now, and where it will be in another seven years' time.
"I find myself constantly feeling worried and stressed out.
But I must say I never thought I'd find myself taking a drugs test, let alone have it come back positive." Veteran TV presenter Angela Rippon after eating poppy-seed bread "I felt like a fool.
But I must say I never thought I'd find myself taking a drugs test, let alone have it come back positive" Veteran TV presenter Angela Rippon after eating poppy-seed bread "I felt like a fool.
But I must say I never thought I'd find myself taking a drugs test, let alone have it come back positive" - Veteran TV presenter Angela Rippon after eating poppy-seed bread.
<![CDATA[ I find myself here, in Yeshiva, asking myself questions I should never have to ponder.