by itself

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Definition of by itself

1 : without being directly controlled by a person : automatically The computer shuts off by itself if you haven't used it for a while. The sprinkler will turn on by itself.
2 : with nothing nearby : alone The house stood by itself at the end of the street.

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“By itself.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/by%20itself. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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