herself

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pronoun her·self \(h)ər-ˈself, Southern also -ˈsef\

Definition of herself

  1. 1 :  that identical female one —used reflexively, for emphasis, in absolute constructions, and in place of her especially when joined to another object <she considers herself lucky> <she herself did it> <herself an orphan, she understood the situation> <accepted the award for her colleagues and herself> — compare 1she

  2. 2 :  her normal, healthy, or sane condition or self

  3. 3 chiefly Ireland and Scotland :  a woman of consequence; especially :  the mistress of the house

Examples of herself in a sentence

  1. She was herself again after a good night's sleep.

  2. She's not herself today; something's bothering her.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of herself

before 12th century



HERSELF Defined for English Language Learners

herself

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pronoun her·self \(h)ər-ˈself, Southern also -ˈsef\

Definition of herself for English Language Learners

  • : that same woman, girl, or female animal:

  • —used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a woman, girl, or female animal that has already been mentioned

  • —used for emphasis to refer again to a woman, girl, or female animal that has already been mentioned


HERSELF Defined for Kids

herself

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pronoun her·self \hər-ˈself, ər-\

Definition of herself for Students

  1. :  her own self <She hurt herself.> <She herself did it.>



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