pronoun plural them·selves \thəm-ˈselvz, them-\

: those same people, animals, or things:

—used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to people, animals, or things that have already been mentioned

—used for emphasis to refer again to people, animals, or things that have already been mentioned

Full Definition of THEMSELVES

a :  those identical ones that are they — compare they 1a —used reflexively, for emphasis, or in absolute constructions <nations that govern themselves> <they themselves were present> <themselves busy, they disliked idleness in others>
b :  himself or herself :  himself, herself —used with an indefinite third person singular antecedent <nobody can call themselves oppressed — Leonard Wibberley>
:  their normal, healthy, or sane condition <were themselves again after a night's rest>
See Usage Discussion at they

First Known Use of THEMSELVES

13th century

Rhymes with THEMSELVES

THEMSELVES Defined for Kids


pronoun them·selves \thəm-ˈselvz\

Definition of THEMSELVES for Kids

:  their own selves <They enjoyed themselves.> <The students did it themselves.>


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