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himselfpronoun

 us   /hɪmˈself, ɪm-/ male
the male being spoken about; the reflexive form of he: He bought himself a new coat.
Himself is sometimes used to emphasize a male subject 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 usual mental or physical condition: 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   /hɪmˈself/  us   /hɪmˈself/
  • himself pronoun (MALE)

A2 used to refer to a male object 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 male animal: Did you want to talk to the chairman himself, or could his personal assistant help 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 leave your 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 seem quite himself this morning.
in himself
UK informal used when describing or asking about a man's state of mind when he is physically ill: 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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