itself

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

Definition of itself

  1. 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. 2 :  its normal, healthy, or sane condition

in itself

  1. :  in its own nature :  intrinsically <was not in itself bad>

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of itself

before 12th century



ITSELF Defined for English Language Learners

itself

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

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

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pronoun it·self \it-ˈself\

Definition of itself for Students

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


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