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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 ?
But this would not be done to men of base natures; for they, if they find themselves once suspected, will never be true.
Barbicane descended with his three fellow- travelers; and much astonished were they all to find themselves in the midst of such a cavalcade.
They gained the summit only to find themselves on another ravine, and now perceived that this vast mountain, which had presented such a sloping and even side to the distant beholder on the plain, was shagged by frightful precipices, and seamed with longitudinal chasms, deep and dangerous.
How they came to find themselves walking down a street with many lamps, corners radiant with light, and a steady succession of motor- omnibuses plying both ways along it, they could neither of them tell; nor account for the impulse which led them suddenly to select one of these wayfarers and mount to the very front seat.
The first feeling that pervaded Paris on hearing of the flight to Saint Germain, was that sort of affright which seizes children when they awake in the night and find themselves alone.
Thus the reason why men enjoy seeing a likeness is, that in contemplating it they find themselves learning or inferring, and saying perhaps, 'Ah, that is he.
Now, it is with the view of giving a little additional help to all those who find themselves in this position that I proceed to put forth my own personal interpretation of the more abstruse passages in this work.
I will not leave you, Sir William," returned Sir Simon Burley; "and yet, as an old soldier and one who hath seen much of war, I cannot but think that it is an ill thing for four hundred men to find themselves between an army of sixty thousand on the one side and a broad river on the other.
Munster also find themselves against Leicester Tigers and Castres.
After Phil collapsed, Mark Grant and Mark find themselves in danger.
Kerry gives Nicola a slap Grant and Mark find themselves in danger.
20pm The singing rodents cause mayhem while performing on a tropical cruise, before they find themselves stranded on a desert island.
The Return is Book One of the 'Disney Lands' series and provides an introduction to the 'Kingdom Keepers' which tells of five young Disney workers who graduate from high school and find themselves off to college, until something goes awry at a Disney convention.
As a new member of Safe Spaces, Boro Taxis - with a fleet of more than 800 vehicles - will give certain Teesside University students, who find themselves in vulnerable situations, the assurance of a lift home, even if they don't have the means to pay for it.
2 THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (2005) THE novels of CS Lewis get the big screen treatment as four children find themselves transported to another world when they step into a wardrobe.