herself Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"herself" in British English

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herselfpronoun

uk   /hɜːˈself/  us   /hɝː-/
A2 used to refer to a ​femaleobject of a ​verb, that is the same ​person or ​animal as the ​subject of the ​verb: She ​kepttelling herself that nothing was ​wrong. My ​mother would ​worry herself to ​death if she ​knew what I was doing.B2 used to ​emphasize a ​particular woman, ​girl, or ​femaleanimal: She ​decorated the ​cake herself. She herself ​admitted that it was ​wrong.(all) by herself A2 If a woman or ​girl does something by herself, she does it ​alone or without ​help from anyone ​else: She ​lives by herself in an ​enormoushouse. Holly's only three but she ​wrote her ​name all by herself.(all) to herself for her use only: Mum's got the ​house to herself this ​weekend.not be/seem/feel herself not to be, ​seem, or ​feel as ​happy or ​healthy as ​usual: Is Michelle all ​right? She doesn't ​seemquite herself at the ​moment.in herself UK informal used when ​describing or ​asking about a woman's ​state of ​mind when she is ​physicallyill: I ​know she's got back ​trouble but how is she in herself?
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(Definition of herself from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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herselfpronoun

 us   /hərˈself/ female
the ​female being ​spoken about, the ​reflexiveform of she: She ​kepttelling herself that nothing was ​wrong. Herself is sometimes used to ​emphasize a ​femalesubject or ​object of a ​sentence: She herself was to ​blame.(all) by herself If a woman or ​girl does something (all) by herself, she does it ​alone or without ​help from anyone: Holly ​wrote her ​name all by herself.not herself If a woman or ​girl is not herself, she is not in her ​usualmental or ​physicalcondition: Janeen hasn’t been herself ​recently.(all) to herself If a woman or ​girl has something (all) to herself, she has it for her own use only: She’s got the ​house all to herself while her ​husband is away.
(Definition of herself from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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