find oneself

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find oneself ‎(third-person singular simple present finds oneself, present participle finding oneself, simple past and past participle found oneself)

  1. (idiomatic) To learn, or attempt to learn, what kind of person one is and what one wants in life.
    He backpacked around Europe to find himself in his early twenties.
  2. (idiomatic) To unexpectedly or unintentionally begin to do or experience something.
    As you enter the cafe, you find yourself wondering why they decided to paint the entire room blue.
    When news of his wife's murder spread around the media, he found himself in front of a press conference explaining his actions.
  3. (idiomatic) To be in a particular state of mind.
    How do you find yourself this morning?
  4. (literally) To discover oneself to be in a particular place.
    I got drunk and woke to find myself in the neighbour's garden the next morning.
  5. (literally) Find for oneself.
    I need to find myself a boat.