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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.
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References in classic literature ?
Philopoemen,[*] Prince of the Achaeans, among other praises which writers have bestowed on him, is commended because in time of peace he never had anything in his mind but the rules of war; and when he was in the country with friends, he often stopped and reasoned with them: "If the enemy should be upon that hill, and we should find ourselves here with our army, with whom would be the advantage?
the sway of palm trees; we find ourselves here marked
I said right at the start that I'm more than happy that wherever we find ourselves, whatever pot we find ourselves in, whoever we're asked to play, I'm just so happy that we're here.
The reality is that Labour created the economic crisis that we now find ourselves in.
However, if we find ourselves doing the things we have frowned on, we learn to be more tolerant of other people's weaknesses.
The sum total of their judgments have put us where we find ourselves today.
The molecular building blocks of life are abundant in the disks of spiral galaxies; that's why we find ourselves in one.
Having paid an extortionate pounds 45 to watch the game we tried to leave the stadium after the match only to find ourselves confronted by hundreds of baying lunatics in blue and white, who are a disgrace to the name of Birmingham City Football Club.
Yet the unconventional entry to the Labyrinth allowed me to reflect upon what must be the experience of many Christians: being drawn to God one moment and finding ourselves far away in another; gingerly skirting our way around the periphery and lacking the courage to test our faith; charging in full of enthusiasm only to find ourselves being hurt; frequently faced with temptation and not always being able to resist; often finding ourselves on the outside looking in and yearning for the opportunity to try again.
We find ourselves still struggling to secure basic resources for our work in the shadows of larger AIDS organizations.
Any other alternative will keep us in the rut where we currently find ourselves.
If we find ourselves in second-and-three, second-and-four situations, that could cause some problems.
We don't often find ourselves in alignment with fervent Republicans, and we're surprised that a gay-porn distributor would, politically speaking, climb into bed with them.
While they are giving their time after school and during their summer breaks, we find ourselves in constant need of help at hospitals.
African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asians impacted by MS--we all tend to find ourselves outside.