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 its own nature : intrinsically was not in itself bad
First Known Use of itself
before 12th century
ITSELF Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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