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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)
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