Definition of itself in English:

itself

Line breaks: it¦self
Pronunciation: /ɪtˈsɛlf
 
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pronoun

[third person singular]
1 [reflexive] Used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a thing or animal previously mentioned as the subject of the clause: his horse hurt itself the company has established itself as a leader in the field
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  • All of this means that SAS could find itself subject to a bid from a bigger rival.
  • It has hurt itself financially, and the turn to the Right in this country is very serious.
  • As dawn was beginning to show itself, the horse stopped and refused to walk any further.
2 [emphatic] Used to emphasize a particular thing or animal mentioned: the roots are several inches long, though the plant itself is only a foot tall
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  • That memorial itself will be the subject of a separate international competition.
  • The very existence of the subject itself already imposes a terrible ethical burden.
  • In any event certainty is best achieved by express words in the arbitration clause itself.
2.1Used after a quality to emphasize what a perfect example of that quality someone or something is: Mrs Vincent was kindness itself
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  • They are wonderful reminders of the enduring mystery and magic that is childhood itself.

Origin

Old English (see it1, self).

Phrases

by itself

see by oneself at by.

in itself

Viewed in its essential qualities; considered separately from other things: some would say bringing up a family was a full-time job in itself
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  • That almost seems a job in itself - I hope you get out of the morass of paperwork soon.
  • Kant was clearly of the view that majority voting does not in itself produce legitimate law.
  • That in itself is not sufficient, in our view, to give rise to a special removal situation.

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