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English definition of “myself”


pronoun     /maɪˈself/
A2 used when the subject of the verb is "I" and the object is the same person : I've bought myself a new coat . I caught sight of myself in the mirror . Yes, I thought to myself, it's time to take a holiday .Reflexive forms B2 used to emphasize "I" as the subject of a sentence : I myself don't like a heavy meal at lunchtime . I don't like a heavy meal at lunchtime myself.Reflexive forms used instead of "I" or "me": My husband and myself were delighted with the gift . They very kindly invited my sister and myself to the inauguration .Reflexive forms (all) by myself alone or without help from anyone else : I live by myself . I had to do the whole job 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 describing your state of mind when you are physically ill : I'm well enough in myself (= happy ) - I've just got this nagging headache .Feelings - general words Grammar:Pronouns: reflexive (myself, themselves, etc.)Reflexive pronouns end in -self or -selves. They refer back to the subject forms of personal pronouns (underlined in the example below):Grammar:Reflexive pronouns for same subject and objectWe often use reflexive pronouns when the subject and the object of the verb refer to the same person or thing:Grammar:Reflexive pronouns for emphasisWe can use reflexive pronouns for emphasis:Grammar:Reflexive pronouns + by meaning aloneWe often use reflexive pronouns with by to mean ‘alone’ or ‘without any help’:Grammar:Reflexive pronouns for politenessWe sometimes use reflexive pronouns instead of personal pronouns for politeness, but not as the subject of a clause:
(Definition of myself pronoun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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