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 fieldMore example sentences
- 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 tallMore example sentences
- 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 itselfMore example sentences
- They are wonderful reminders of the enduring mystery and magic that is childhood itself.
- Viewed in its essential qualities; considered separately from other things: some would say bringing up a family was a full-time job in itselfMore example sentences
- 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.
More definitions of itselfDefinition of itself in:
- The US English dictionary