find oneself


verb (used with object), found, finding.
to come upon by chance; meet with: He found a nickel in the street.
to locate, attain, or obtain by search or effort: to find an apartment; to find happiness.
to locate or recover (something lost or misplaced): I can't find my blue socks.
to discover or perceive after consideration: to find something to be true.
to gain or regain the use of: His anger finally helped him find his tongue.
to ascertain by study or calculation: to find the sum of several numbers.
to feel or perceive: He finds it so.
to become aware of, or discover (oneself), as being in a condition or location: After a long illness, he found himself well again. She woke to find herself at home.
to discover: Columbus found America in 1492.
to determine after judicial inquiry: to find a person guilty.
to pronounce as an official act (an indictment, verdict, or judgment).
to provide or furnish: Bring blankets and we'll find the rest of the equipment for the trip.
South Midland and Southern U.S. (of farm animals) to give birth to: The brown cow found a calf yesterday.
verb (used without object), found, finding.
to determine an issue after judicial inquiry: The jury found for the plaintiff.
British Hunting. to come upon game.
an act of finding or discovering.
something found; a discovery, especially a valuable or gratifying one: Our cook was a find.
Hunting. a discovery of game, especially foxes.
Verb phrases
find out,
to discover or confirm the truth of (something).
to detect or expose, as a crime or offense.
to uncover the true nature, identity, or intentions of (someone): They found him out before he could launch the rebellion.
find fault. fault ( def 16 ).
find oneself, to discover where one's real interests or talents lie, and follow them: After trying many occupations, he finally found himself and became an account executive.

before 900; Middle English finden, Old English findan; cognate with German finden, Dutch vinden, Old Norse finna, Gothic finthan

findable, adjective
refind, verb (used with object), refound, refinding.

2. achieve, win, earn, acquire. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
find (faɪnd)
vb , finds, finding, found
1.  to meet with or discover by chance
2.  to discover or obtain, esp by search or effort: to find happiness
3.  (may take a clause as object) to become aware of; realize: he found that nobody knew
4.  (may take a clause as object) to regard as being; consider: I find this wine a little sour
5.  to look for and point out (something to be criticized): to find fault
6.  (also intr) law to determine an issue after judicial inquiry and pronounce a verdict (upon): the court found the accused guilty
7.  to regain (something lost or not functioning): to find one's tongue
8.  to reach (a target): the bullet found its mark
9.  to provide, esp with difficulty: we'll find room for you too
10.  to be able to pay: I can't find that amount of money
11.  find oneself to realize and accept one's real character; discover one's true vocation
12.  find one's feet to become capable or confident, as in a new job
13.  a person, thing, etc, that is found, esp a valuable or fortunate discovery
[Old English findan; related to Old Norse finna, Gothic finthan, Old High German fintan to find]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. findan "come upon, alight on" (class III strong verb; past tense fand, pp. funden), from P.Gmc. *finthanan (cf. O.S. findan, O.N. finna, M.Du. vinden, Ger. finden, Goth. finþan), originally "to come upon," perhaps from PIE *pent- "to go, pass, path, bridge" (cf. O.H.G. fendeo "pedestrian,"
Skt. panthah "path, way," Avestan panta "way," Gk. pontos "open sea," L. pons (gen. pontis) "bridge," O.C.S. poti "path," peta "heel"). To find out to discover by scrutiny is from 1550s. The noun meaning "person or thing discovered" is from 1825, from the verb.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms & Phrases

find oneself

  1. Become aware of what one wishes and can best do in life. For example, At last he's found himselfhe 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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