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themselves

pronoun [pl]  us   /ðemˈselvz, ðəm-/
the people being spoken about, the reflexive form of they: The girls made themselves sandwiches for lunch. Themselves is sometimes used to emphasize the subject or object of a sentence: The police themselves apologized for overreacting.(all) by themselves If people do something (all) by themselves, they do it alone or without help from anyone: The children set up the tent all by themselves. They were left by themselves.to themselves If people have something to themselves, they have it for their own use only: When their youngest child went off to college, they had the whole house to themselves.
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