Nearby words

  1. finasteride,
  2. finback,
  3. finca,
  4. finch,
  5. finchley,
  6. find fault,
  7. find it in one's heart,
  8. find one's bearings,
  9. find one's way,
  10. find oneself

Idioms

    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.

Origin of find

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

SYNONYMS FOR find
Related formsfind·a·ble, adjectivere·find, verb (used with object), re·found, re·find·ing.

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British Dictionary definitions for find oneself

find

/ (faɪnd) /

verb finds, finding or found (faʊnd) (mainly tr)

noun

a person, thing, etc, that is found, esp a valuable or fortunate discovery
Derived Formsfindable, adjective

Word Origin for find

Old English findan; related to Old Norse finna, Gothic finthan, Old High German fintan to find

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Word Origin and History for find oneself
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Idioms and Phrases with find oneself

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]

find

In addition to the idioms beginning with find

  • find fault
  • find it in one's heart
  • find one's bearings
  • find oneself
  • find one's way
  • find out
  • find true north

also see:

  • hard way (find out the)
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