my·​self | \ mī-ˈself How to pronounce myself (audio) , mə-, Southern also -ˈsef \

Definition of myself

1 : that identical one that is I used reflexivelyI'm going to get myself a new suit , for emphasisI myself will go , or in absolute constructionsmyself a tourist, I nevertheless avoided other tourists
2 : my normal, healthy, or sane condition didn't feel myself yesterday

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Using Myself in Place of I or Me: Usage Guide

Myself is often used where I or me might be expected: as subject to wonder what myself will say — Emily Dickinson others and myself continued to press for the legislation , after as, than, or like an aversion to paying such people as myself to tutor was enough to make a better man than myself quail old-timers like myself , and as object. now here you see myself with the diver for my wife and myself it was a happy time Such uses almost always occur when the speaker or writer is referring to himself or herself as an object of discourse rather than as a participant in discourse. The other reflexive personal pronouns are similarly but less frequently used in the same circumstances. Critics have frowned on these uses since about the turn of the century, probably unaware that they serve a definite purpose. Users themselves are as unaware as the critics—they simply follow their instincts. These uses are standard.

Examples of myself in a Sentence

I'm not myself today. I just don't feel right.

First Known Use of myself

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of myself was before the 12th century

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“Myself.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of myself

used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to yourself after you have already been mentioned
used for emphasis to refer again to yourself after you have already been mentioned
: my normal or healthy self


my·​self | \ mī-ˈself How to pronounce myself (audio) , mə- \

Kids Definition of myself

: my own self I hurt myself. I myself did it.

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