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himselfpronoun

 us   /hɪmˈself, ɪm-/ male
the ​male being ​spoken about; the ​reflexiveform of he: He ​bought himself a new ​coat. Himself is sometimes used to ​emphasize a ​malesubject or ​object of a ​sentence: I got to ​meet the ​president himself. Himself is also used to refer to a ​person whose ​sex is not ​known: I ​hope nobody’s ​hurt himself. Note: Some people find this use of him to be offensive.(all) by himself If a man or ​boy does something (all) by himself, he does it ​alone or without ​help from anyone ​else: Jamie made that snowman all by himself.not himself If a man or ​boy is not himself, he is not in his ​usualmental or ​physicalcondition: Hugh hasn’t been himself since the ​accident.(all) to himself If a man or ​boy has something (all) to himself, he has it for his own use only: He’s got the ​house to himself ​tonight.
(Definition of himself from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"himself" in British English

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himselfpronoun

uk   us   /hɪmˈself/
  • himself pronoun (MALE)

A2 used to refer to a ​maleobject of a ​verb that is the same ​person or ​animal as the ​subject of the ​verb: He'd ​cut himself ​shaving. Most ​nights he would ​cry himself to ​sleep.B2 used to ​emphasize a ​particular man, ​boy, or ​maleanimal: Did you ​want to ​talk to the ​chairman himself, or could his ​personalassistanthelp you? Tom was going to ​buy a ​bookcase, but in the end he made one himself.(all) by himself A2 If a man or ​boy does something by himself, he does it ​alone or without ​help from anyone ​else: Little Timmy made that ​snowman all by himself. Why did you ​leaveyour little ​brother by himself?(all) to himself for his use only: Johnny's got the ​apartment to himself next ​week.not be/seem/feel himself not to be, ​seem, or ​feel as ​happy or as ​healthy as ​usual: Is Tom all ​right? He doesn't ​seemquite himself this ​morning.in himself UK informal used when ​describing or ​asking about a man's ​state of ​mind when he is ​physicallyill: He's well enough in himself - he just can't ​shake this ​cold off.

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  • himself pronoun (FEMALE/MALE)

used to refer to an ​object of a ​verb that is the same ​person or ​animal as the ​subject of the ​verb, when referring to a ​person or ​animal whose ​sex is not ​known or not ​considered to be ​important: Any ​fool can ​teach himself to ​type.
(Definition of himself from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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