herself

her|self
W1S2 [ə'self, hə- strong hə:- $ ər-, hər- strong hə:r-] pron [reflexive form of 'she']
1.) used to show that the woman or girl who does something is affected by her own action
She cut herself on some broken glass.
She made herself a cup of coffee.
2.)
a) used to emphasize that you are talking about one particular woman or girl
It must be true that she's leaving because she told me so herself.
The ornate Town Hall was opened by Queen Victoria herself.
b) used after 'like', 'as', or 'except' instead of 'her'
She met other mothers in the same situation as herself.
3.) (all) by herself
a) alone
Miss Bennet lives by herself.
b) without help from anyone else
The little girl wrote the letter all by herself.
4.) not be/feel/seem herself informal
if a woman or girl is not herself, she does not feel or behave as she usually does, for example because she is upset or ill
You must forgive her - she's not herself at present.
5.) have sth (all) to herself
if a woman or girl has something to herself, she does not have to share it with anyone else
Alice had the house to herself while her parents were away.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Herself — Her*self , pron. 1. An emphasized form of the third person feminine pronoun; used as a subject with she; as, she herself will bear the blame; also used alone in the predicate, either in the nominative or objective case; as, it is herself; she… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • herself — [hər self′] pron. [ME hire self < OE hire selfum, dat. sing. of hie self: see HER1 & SELF] a form of SHE, used: a) as an intensifier [she said so herself] b) as a reflexive [she hurt herself] …   English World dictionary

  • herself — herself, himself, itself These pronouns have two primary roles, (1) as reflexives (He was talking about himself / Mary was looking at herself in the mirror / He made himself a cup of coffee), and (2) as emphatic words in apposition to a noun or… …   Modern English usage

  • herself — O.E. hire self; see HER (Cf. her) (objective case) + SELF (Cf. self). Originally dative, but since 14c. often treated as genitive, hence her own sweet self, etc. Also see HIMSELF (Cf. himself) …   Etymology dictionary

  • herself — ► PRONOUN (third person sing. ) 1) (reflexive ) used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a female person or animal previously mentioned as the subject of the clause. 2) (emphatic ) she or her personally …   English terms dictionary

  • herself — her|self [ weak ər self, strong hər self ] pronoun *** Herself is a reflexive pronoun, being the reflexive form of she. It is used especially in the following ways: as an object that refers to the same female who is the subject of the sentence or …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • herself */*/*/ — strong UK [hə(r)ˈself] / US [hərˈself] weak UK [ə(r)ˈself] / US [ərˈself] pronoun Summary: Herself is a reflexive pronoun, being the reflexive form of she. It is used especially in the following ways: as an object that refers to the same female… …   English dictionary

  • herself — [[t]hə(r)se̱lf[/t]] ♦ (Herself is a third person singular reflexive pronoun. Herself is used when the object of a verb or preposition refers to the same person as the subject of the verb, except in meaning 5.) 1) PRON REFL: v PRON, prep PRON You… …   English dictionary

  • herself */*/*/ — weak [əˈself] , strong [həˈself] pronoun 1) the REFLEXIVE form of ‘she , used for showing that the woman, girl, or female animal that does something is also affected by what she does Lizzie had locked herself in the bathroom.[/ex] She s going to… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • herself — strong 1 reflexive form of she : She hurt herself. | She made herself a cup of coffee. 2 the strong form of she used to emphasize the subject or object of a sentence: It must be true that she s leaving because she told me so herself. | She… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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