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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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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.
Barbicane descended with his three fellow- travelers; and much astonished were they all to find themselves in the midst of such a cavalcade.
We might as wisely reprove the east wind or the frost, as a political party, whose members, for the most part, could give no account of their position, but stand for the defence of those interests in which they find themselves.
and similar unthinkably better and wiser and more virile congregating-places, that will receive the men who now go to saloons to find themselves and one another.
They had barely crossed the threshold of this treasure-house, to find themselves rich men; what possibilities of affluence might be theirs when they had fully exploited their possessions?
He led me into a corner and conducted me up a flight of stairs - which appeared to me to be slowly collapsing into sawdust, so that one of those days the upper lodgers would look out at their doors and find themselves without the means of coming down - to a set of chambers on the top floor.
As electronic communication becomes commonplace, agencies that embrace this technology will find themselves well-poised to join the information revolution.
As cellular phones, pagers, and multiple forms of personal communications systems have become a major component of everyday personal life as well as business life, landlords and owners find themselves with a valuable asset - rooftop antenna space, and sometimes other areas of their properties, that are suitable as locations for antennas and related transmitting equipment.
We believe this is an important step in recognizing our responsibility to provide help to employees who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in difficult employment situations.
In this terrifying remake of the George Romero classic, a group of scientists, military personnel and civilians find themselves battling for their lives against a plague of flesh eating ghouls.
After a draw with Spraire Lads and a victory over both Nunthorpe and Mount Pleasant B, Middleton qualified in second place to find themselves facing Nunthorpe A in their quarter-final.
Where they will find themselves tonight is desperately seeking to avoid a three-game sweep.
99) offers new readers a vivid story of an ordinary pair of jeans and four friends who find themselves on the road to high adventure.
With 15 points still available, Llanharan now find themselves 14 points adrift of the Drovers who are the team the Dairymen have to catch to save themselves.
People calling saucy phone lines could instead find themselves listening to details of police operations.