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"myself" in British English

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myselfpronoun

uk   us   /maɪˈself/
A2 used when the ​subject of the ​verb is "I" and the ​object is the same ​person: I ​bought myself a new ​coat. I ​caughtsight of myself in the ​mirror. Yes, I ​thought to myself, it's ​time to take a ​holiday.B2 used to ​emphasize "I" as the ​subject of a ​sentence: I myself don't like a ​heavymeal at ​lunchtime. I don't like a ​heavymeal at ​lunchtime myself. used ​instead of "I" or "me": My ​husband and myself were ​delighted with the ​gift. They very ​kindlyinvited my ​sister and myself to the ​inauguration.(all) by myself alone or without ​help from anyone ​else: I ​live by myself . I had to do the ​wholejob all by myself .(all) to myself for my use only: I never get an ​hour to myself.not be/seem/feel myself not to be, ​seem, or ​feel as ​happy or as ​healthy as ​usual: I went to ​see the ​doctor because I haven't been ​feeling myself ​lately.in myself UK informal used when ​describingyourstate of ​mind when you are ​physicallyill: I'm well enough in myself (= ​happy) - I've just got this ​naggingheadache.

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

"myself" in American English

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myselfpronoun

 us   /mɑɪˈself/
the ​personspeaking; the ​reflexiveform of I: I ​found myself ​addressing a ​tallelegant man in his mid-forties. Myself is sometimes used to ​emphasize I as the ​subject of a ​sentence: I myself ​prefer to ​skiplunch. Myself is sometimes used ​instead of I or me: They very ​kindlyinvited my ​sister and myself to the ​party. I ​live by myself (= ​alone) in a ​smallapartment in Brooklyn. I had to do the ​wholejob (all) by myself (= ​alone and without ​help from anyone). I just need some ​time to myself (= for my own use).
(Definition of myself from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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