Definition of himself in English:


Syllabification: him·self
Pronunciation: /himˈself


[third person singular]
  • 1 [reflexive] Used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a male person or animal previously mentioned as the subject of the clause: the steward introduced himself as Pete he ought to be ashamed of himself
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    • He decided that he did not want to subject himself to the strain and reluctantly withdrew.
    • Buddha referred to himself as a healer and his teachings as a course of treatment.
    • Ruffini used group theory in his work but he had to invent the subject for himself.
  • 2 [emphatic] He or him personally (used to emphasize a particular male person or animal mentioned): Thomas himself laid down what we should do he said so himself
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    • At the heart of the conflict lay the policies and personality of the King himself.
    • He also agreed that he himself had hit people before in the same way and they had not been injured.
    • He himself was suffering from personal stress when he gave evidence, as he told me.
  • 2.1chiefly Irish A third party of some importance, especially the master of the house: I’ll mention it to himself


(not) be himself

by himself

see by oneself at by.


Old English (see him, self).

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