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herself

[her-self] /hərˈsɛlf/
pronoun
1.
an emphatic appositive of her or she:
She herself wrote the letter.
2.
a reflexive form of her:
She supports herself.
3.
(used in absolute constructions):
Herself still only a child, she had to take care of her four younger brothers and sisters.
4.
(used as the object of a preposition or as the direct or indirect object of a verb):
She gave herself a facial massage. He asked her for a picture of herself.
5.
(used in comparisons after as or than):
She found out that the others were even more nervous than herself.
6.
her normal or customary self:
After a few weeks of rest, she will be herself again.
Origin of herself
1000
before 1000; Middle English hire-selfe, Old English hire self. See her, self
Usage note
See myself.
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herself

/həˈsɛlf/
pronoun
1.
  1. the reflexive form of she or her
  2. (intensifier): the queen herself signed the letter
2.
(preceded by a copula) her normal or usual self: she looks herself again after the operation
3.
(Irish & Scot) the wife or woman of the house: is herself at home?
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Word Origin and History for herself

Old English hire self; see her (objective case) + self. Originally dative, but since 14c. often treated as genitive, hence her own sweet self, etc. Also see himself.

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