oneself

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

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oneself

pronoun

English Language Learners Definition of oneself

—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 \

Kids Definition of oneself

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

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