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 buy herself a new jacket.[/ex]
Pam was looking at herself in the mirror.[/ex]
2) used for emphasizing that you are referring to a particular woman, girl, or female animal and not to anyone else
It was Christina herself who told me that she was unhappy.[/ex]
The queen herself will attend the meeting.[/ex]
She has enough money to pay for it herself.[/ex]
(all) by herself — 1) alone[/ex]
Annie's too young to travel by herself.[/ex]

— 2) without help from anyone else

Sally had organized the whole party by herself.[/ex]
(all) to herself — not sharing something with anyone else[/ex]
Everyone had gone away, and she had the apartment to herself.[/ex]
be/feel/seemherself — to be in a normal mental or physical state[/ex]
Beth wasn't quite herself that evening.[/ex]

Dictionary for writing and speaking English. 2014.

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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 — 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… …   Dictionary of contemporary 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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