oneself

pronoun one·self \ (ˌ)wən-ˈself , Southern also -ˈsef \
variants: or less commonly one's self play \(ˌ)wən-, ˌwənz-\

Definition of oneself

1 : a person's self : one's own self used reflexively as object of a preposition or verb or for emphasis in various constructions
  • It is important to have good feelings about oneself.
2 : one's normal, healthy, or sane condition or self
  • the need to protect oneself from danger
be oneself
: to conduct oneself in a usual or fitting manner
  • under such conditions one could not be oneself

First Known Use of oneself

1540


ONESELF Defined for English Language Learners

oneself

pronoun

Definition of oneself for English Language Learners

  • —used as the object of a verb or preposition when one is the stated subject or is understood to be the subject

  • —used for emphasis to refer again to the subject when one is the subject


ONESELF Defined for Kids

oneself

pronoun one·self \ ˌwən-ˈself \

Definition of oneself for Students

: a person's own self
  • Living by oneself can be lonely.


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