pronoun[third person plural]
- 1 [reflexive] Used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a group of people or things previously mentioned as the subject of the clause: countries unable to look after themselvesMore example sentences
- Patients should be able to refer themselves to a specialist in such circumstances.
- Many people currently describe themselves as students or teachers of the subject.
- Can she and her ex-husband save themselves and their young son from certain death?
- 2 [emphatic] Used to emphasize a particular group of people or things mentioned: excellent at organizing others, they may well be disorganized themselvesMore example sentences
- Computers are made out of materials which are themselves subject to the laws of Nature.
- They are thus able to remain objects of desire without themselves being subject to it.
- What annoys me most about the whole subject is the attitude of a lot of smokers themselves.
- 3 [singular] Used instead of “himself” or “herself” to refer to a person of unspecified sex: anyone who fancies themselves as a racing driverMore example sentences
- Anyone prepared to put themselves forward as a leader there is taking their life in their hands.
- All of which is hugely depressing to anyone who still considers themselves part of the left.
- Very seldom would anyone put themselves through all of this just for a few quid.
- see at by.
On the use of themselves in the singular to mean ‘himself or herself,’ see they (usage).
More definitions of themselvesDefinition of themselves in:
- The British & World English dictionary