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herself

pronoun uk   /hɜːˈself/ us    /hɝː-/
A2 used to refer to a female object of a verb, that is the same person or animal as the subject of the verb: She kept telling herself that nothing was wrong. My mother would worry herself to death if she knew what I was doing.Reflexive forms B2 used to emphasize a particular woman, girl, or female animal: She decorated the cake herself. She herself admitted that it was wrong.Reflexive forms (all) by herself A2 If a woman or girl does something by herself, she does it alone or without help from anyone else: She lives by herself in an enormous house. Holly's only three but she wrote her name all by herself.Reflexive formsAloneSeparateness and isolation in space (all) to herself for her use only: Mum's got the house to herself this weekend.Single, double and multiple not be/seem/feel herself not to be, seem, or feel as happy or healthy as usual: Is Michelle all right? She doesn't seem quite herself at the moment.Reflexive forms in herself UK informal used when describing or asking about a woman's state of mind when she is physically ill: I know she's got back trouble but how is she in herself?Feelings - general words
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