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English definition of “himself”

himself

pronoun (MALE)    /hɪmˈself/
A2 used to refer to a male object of a verb that is the same person or animal as the subject of the verb : He'd cut himself shaving . Most nights he would cry himself to sleep .Reflexive forms B2 used to emphasize a particular man, boy , or male animal : Did you want to talk to the chairman himself, or could his personal assistant help you? Guy was going to buy a bookcase , but in the end he made one himself.Reflexive forms (all) by himself A2 If a man or boy does something by himself, he does it alone or without help from anyone else : Little Timmy made that snowman all by himself. Why did you leave your little brother by himself?Reflexive formsAloneSeparateness and isolation in space (all) to himself for his use only: Johnny's got the apartment to himself next week .Single, double and multiple not be/seem/feel himself not to be, seem , or feel as happy or as healthy as usual : Is Tom all right ? He doesn't seem quite himself this morning .Reflexive forms in himself UK informal used when describing or asking about a man's state of mind when he is physically ill : He's well enough in himself - he just can't shake this cold off.Feelings - general words Grammar:Pronouns: reflexive (myself, themselves, etc.)Reflexive pronouns end in -self or -selves. They refer back to the subject forms of personal pronouns (underlined in the example below):Grammar:Reflexive pronouns for same subject and objectWe often use reflexive pronouns when the subject and the object of the verb refer to the same person or thing:Grammar:Reflexive pronouns for emphasisWe can use reflexive pronouns for emphasis:Grammar:Reflexive pronouns + by meaning aloneWe often use reflexive pronouns with by to mean ‘alone’ or ‘without any help’:Grammar:Reflexive pronouns for politenessWe sometimes use reflexive pronouns instead of personal pronouns for politeness, but not as the subject of a clause:
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