Definition of oneself in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌwənˈself/
(also one's self)


[third person singular]
1 [reflexive] A person’s own self: it is difficult to wrest oneself away resolves that one makes to oneself
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  • They say the biggest challenge for one is to understand oneself.
  • That's what comes from subjecting oneself to confusion and some painfully obvious bias on both sides of the argument.
  • Why subject oneself voluntarily to the kind of pain involved in running 21K?
2 [emphatic] Used to emphasize that one does something individually or unaided: the idea of publishing a book oneself
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  • These things could be learned from friends and relatives, or from reading the right kinds of books oneself.
  • They take the easier way out, and when that comes to eating, it is easier to stop into a fast food restaurant than to prepare a meal oneself.
  • Gelatin agar - is there a way to make it oneself?
3In one’s normal and individual state of body or mind; not influenced by others: freedom to be oneself
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  • This is all true, although perhaps MC900 ftB is asking why the emphasis lies in being convincing, rather than being oneself.
  • One just has to be oneself


by oneself

see by.

Words that rhyme with oneself

elf, herself, himself, itself, myself, ourself, self, shelf, themself, thyself, yourself

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Syllabification: one·self

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