- a reflexive form of it1: The battery recharges itself.
- an emphatic appositive of it1, which, that, this, or a noun: which itself is also true; Even without flowers, the bowl itself is beautiful.
- (used as the object of a preposition or as the direct or indirect object of a verb): The chameleon's ability to change color is a protection for itself.
- its normal or customary self: After much tender care, the puppy was soon itself again.
Origin of itself
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Examples from the Web for itself
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Finding the shop is a trip in itself and an introduction to a slice of history.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
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This initiative had the support of all 22 members of the Arab League, which in and of itself is remarkable.In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead
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In the city of Mosul itself it seems as though ISIS is at a loss.Has the Kurdish Victory at Sinjar Turned the Tide of ISIS War?
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The fable is fanciful and pleasing in itself; but will it not hereafter be believed as reality?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
There was no such thing then as a citizen of the United States of and by itself.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
Every family lived and hunted and worked and died for and by itself.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
It speaks for itself and will be of increasing influence as the years go by.
Everywhere we see the seeds of the same growth that America itself has known.
- the reflexive form of it 1
- (intensifier)even the money itself won't convince me
- (preceded by a copula) its normal or usual selfmy cat isn't itself today
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Word Origin and History for itself
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper