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"herself" in British English

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herselfpronoun

uk   /hɜːˈself/ us   /hɝːˈself/
A2 used to refer to a female object of a verb, that is the same person or animal as the subject of the verb: She kept telling 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 female animal: 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 enormous house. 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 seem quite herself at the moment.
in herself UK informal
used when describing or asking about a woman's state of mind when she is physically ill: I know she's got back trouble but how is she in herself?

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"herself" in American English

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herselfpronoun

us   /hərˈself/ female
the female being spoken about, the reflexive form of she: She kept telling herself that nothing was wrong.
Herself is sometimes used to emphasize a female subject 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 usual mental or physical condition: 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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