Meaning of “itself” - Learner’s Dictionary


pronoun uk us /ɪtˈself/

A2 the reflexive form of the pronoun 'it':

The cat licked itself clean.

B1 used to emphasize the particular thing you are referring to:

The garden is enormous but the house itself is very small.
(all) by itself

B1 alone:

The dog was in the house by itself for several days.


The UK heating/ US heat comes on by itself.
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.

(Definition of “itself” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)