oneself

pronoun
one·​self | \ (ˌ)wən-ˈself How to pronounce oneself (audio) , Southern also -ˈsef \
variants: or less commonly one's self \ (ˌ)wən-​ How to pronounce oneself (audio) , 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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about oneself

Time Traveler for oneself

Time Traveler

The first known use of oneself was in 1540

See more words from the same year

Statistics for oneself

Cite this Entry

“Oneself.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oneself. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for oneself

oneself

pronoun

English Language Learners Definition of oneself

formal
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

pronoun
one·​self | \ ˌwən-ˈself How to pronounce oneself (audio) \

Kids Definition of oneself

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

More from Merriam-Webster on oneself

Nglish: Translation of oneself for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of oneself for Arabic Speakers

Comments on oneself

What made you want to look up oneself? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!