herself

her|self [ weak ər`self, strong hər`self ] pronoun ***
Herself is a reflexive pronoun, being the reflexive form of she. It is used especially in the following ways:
as an object that refers to the same female who is the subject of the sentence or who is mentioned somewhere earlier in the sentence:
She looked at herself in the mirror.
I sent her a photograph of herself.
after a singular noun or the pronoun she for emphasis:
The First Lady herself will be present.
1. ) used for showing that the woman, girl, or female animal that does something is also affected by her action or is involved in it:
Lizzie had locked herself in the bathroom.
She was humming a little tune to herself.
2. ) used for referring to a woman, girl, or female animal already mentioned in the sentence:
He asked her questions about herself and her family.
She knew that everyone had been invited except herself.
3. ) used for emphasizing that you are referring to a particular woman, girl, or female animal and not to anyone else:
It was Christina herself who told me that she was unhappy.
She sympathized with these poor people because of the way she herself had suffered.
a ) used for emphasizing that a particular woman, girl, or female animal does something without help from anyone else:
She has enough money to pay for it herself.
(all) by herself
1. ) alone:
Annie's too young to travel by herself.
She lives all by herself in that big house.
2. ) without help from anyone else:
He couldn't believe that Sally had organized the whole party by herself.
(all) to herself
if a woman or girl has a place or time to herself, she is free to do what she wants in it and does not have to share it with anyone else:
Everyone had gone away, and she had the place to herself.
be/feel/seem herself
if a woman or girl is herself, she is in her normal mental or physical state:
You must have noticed that my wife wasn't quite herself that evening.
She woke up refreshed, and already she was feeling more herself.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Herself — Her*self , pron. 1. An emphasized form of the third person feminine pronoun; used as a subject with she; as, she herself will bear the blame; also used alone in the predicate, either in the nominative or objective case; as, it is herself; she… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • herself — [hər self′] pron. [ME hire self < OE hire selfum, dat. sing. of hie self: see HER1 & SELF] a form of SHE, used: a) as an intensifier [she said so herself] b) as a reflexive [she hurt herself] …   English World dictionary

  • herself — herself, himself, itself These pronouns have two primary roles, (1) as reflexives (He was talking about himself / Mary was looking at herself in the mirror / He made himself a cup of coffee), and (2) as emphatic words in apposition to a noun or… …   Modern English usage

  • herself — O.E. hire self; see HER (Cf. her) (objective case) + SELF (Cf. self). Originally dative, but since 14c. often treated as genitive, hence her own sweet self, etc. Also see HIMSELF (Cf. himself) …   Etymology dictionary

  • herself — ► PRONOUN (third person sing. ) 1) (reflexive ) used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a female person or animal previously mentioned as the subject of the clause. 2) (emphatic ) she or her personally …   English terms dictionary

  • herself */*/*/ — strong UK [hə(r)ˈself] / US [hərˈself] weak UK [ə(r)ˈself] / US [ərˈself] pronoun Summary: Herself is a reflexive pronoun, being the reflexive form of she. It is used especially in the following ways: as an object that refers to the same female… …   English dictionary

  • herself — [[t]hə(r)se̱lf[/t]] ♦ (Herself is a third person singular reflexive pronoun. Herself is used when the object of a verb or preposition refers to the same person as the subject of the verb, except in meaning 5.) 1) PRON REFL: v PRON, prep PRON You… …   English dictionary

  • herself — her|self W1S2 [ə self, hə strong hə: $ ər , hər strong hə:r ] pron [reflexive form of she ] 1.) used to show that the woman or girl who does something is affected by her own action ▪ She cut herself on some broken glass. ▪ She made herself a cup… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • herself */*/*/ — weak [əˈself] , strong [həˈself] pronoun 1) the REFLEXIVE form of ‘she , used for showing that the woman, girl, or female animal that does something is also affected by what she does Lizzie had locked herself in the bathroom.[/ex] She s going to… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • herself — strong 1 reflexive form of she : She hurt herself. | She made herself a cup of coffee. 2 the strong form of she used to emphasize the subject or object of a sentence: It must be true that she s leaving because she told me so herself. | She… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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