Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “itself”

itself

pronoun
 
 
/ɪtˈself/
REFLEXIVE A2 the reflexive form of the pronoun 'it': The cat licked itself clean.Reflexive formsPersonal pronouns
EMPHASIS B1 used to emphasize the particular thing you are referring to: The garden is enormous but the house itself is very small.Personal pronouns
(all) by itself B1 alone: The dog was in the house by itself for several days.AloneSeparateness and isolation in space automatically: The UK heating/ US heat comes on by itself.Mechanical engineering
in itself as the only thing being talked about and nothing else: You've managed to complete the course - that in itself is an achievement.Personal pronouns
(Definition of itself from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “itself” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

beer mat

a small piece of cardboard that you put under a glass to protect a table surface in a pub or bar

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More