itself

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

Definition of itself

1 :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
2 :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 English Language Learners

itself

pronoun

Definition of itself for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ITSELF Defined for Kids

itself

pronoun it·self \ it-ˈself \

Definition of itself for Students

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


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