pronoun it·self \it-ˈself, ət-, Southern also -ˈsef\

: that same one:

—used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to something that has already been mentioned

—used for emphasis to refer to something that has already been mentioned

Full Definition of ITSELF

:  that identical one — compare it 1 —used reflexively <watched the cat giving itself a bath>, for emphasis <the letter itself was missing>, or in absolute constructions <itself a splendid specimen of classic art, it has been exhibited throughout the world>
:  its normal, healthy, or sane condition
in itself
:  in its own nature :  intrinsically <was not in itself bad>

First Known Use of ITSELF

before 12th century
ITSELF Defined for Kids


pronoun it·self \it-ˈself\

Definition of ITSELF for Kids

:  that identical one <The cat gave itself a bath.> <This itself is a good enough reason.>


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