Definition of himself in English:

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Pronunciation: /hɪmˈsɛlf/


[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
More example sentences
  • 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): Ben told me 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


Old English (see him, self).

Words that rhyme with himself

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

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