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"itself" in British English

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itselfpronoun

uk   us   /ɪtˈself/
A2 used when the ​subject of the ​verb is "it" and the ​object is the same thing, ​animal, ​situation, or ​idea: The ​catlicked itself all over. You have to do something about the ​problem - it isn't just going to ​resolve itself.B1 used to ​emphasize the ​subject when it is a thing, ​animal, ​situation, or ​idea: The ​shop itself (= only the shopand nothing ​else)started 15 ​years ago but the internet ​side of the ​business is new.(all) by itself alone or without ​help: The ​animal had been ​left in the ​house by itself for a ​week. A ​cough will usually get ​better by itself.(all) to itself for ​its use only: The ​committeekept the ​results of the ​survey to itself (= did not ​tell anyone), ​fearing a ​badpublicreaction.

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(Definition of itself from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"itself" in American English

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itselfpronoun

 us   /ɪtˈself, ət-/
the thing or ​animal being ​spoken about; the ​reflexiveform of it: The ​catlicked itself all over. Itself can also used for ​emphasis: The ​company itself is 15 ​yearsold, but the ​mailorderbusiness is new. That in itself (= without ​considering anything ​else) was ​quite an ​achievement.
(Definition of itself from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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