oneself

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pronoun one·self \(ˌ)wən-ˈself, Southern also -ˈsef\
variants: or less commonly

one's self

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Definition of oneself

  1. 1 :  a person's self :  one's own self —used reflexively as object of a preposition or verb or for emphasis in various constructions It is important to have good feelings about oneself.

  2. 2 :  one's normal, healthy, or sane condition or self the need to protect oneself from danger

be oneself

  1. :  to conduct oneself in a usual or fitting manner under such conditions one could not be oneself

1540

First Known Use of oneself

1540


ONESELF Defined for English Language Learners

oneself

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pronoun one·self \(ˌ)wən-ˈself, Southern also -ˈsef\

Definition of oneself for English Language Learners

  • —used as the object of a verb or preposition when one is the stated subject or is understood to be the subject

  • —used for emphasis to refer again to the subject when one is the subject


ONESELF Defined for Kids

oneself

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pronoun one·self \ˌwən-ˈself\

Definition of oneself for Students

  1. :  a person's own self Living by oneself can be lonely.



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