- a person's self (used for emphasis or reflexively): One often hurts oneself accidentally.
- be oneself,
- to be in one's normal state of mind or physical condition.
- to be unaffected and sincere: One makes more friends by being oneself than by putting on airs.
- by oneself,
- without a companion; alone.
- through one's own efforts; unaided: to become a millionaire by oneself.
- come to oneself,
- Also come to.to regain consciousness.
- to regain one's self-possession; come to one's senses.
Origin of oneself
Examples from the Web for oneself
When one plays life that way, one in a way awakes creative vital energies in oneself that otherwise are not available.Joseph Campbell on the Roots of Halloween
October 31, 2014
How many details are needed, after all, before one can say to oneself, “This is what I have lost?”Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
It frightens the psychological concept of oneself that all of us rely on to maintain our dignity and overcome uncertainty in life.Why Smart People Are Dumb Patients
July 14, 2014
Guns are the most popular and effective method of killing—both of oneself and of others.Study Finds People with Guns More At-Risk for Suicide and Homicide
January 20, 2014
It was like making emotion and thought physical, to be undergone apart from oneself.Richard Hell Was the First Person to Shoot Up Heroin in Front of Me
March 18, 2013
One could think of oneself as knowing God, and be aware of no forcing of the note.
From savages one cannot expect too much, not even from oneself.
There is no more reason to believe in oneself than in the external world.Initiation into Philosophy
For oneself, yes—but for others who suffer and don't believe!The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
When it doesn't succeed, one's only got oneself to blame, that's all.L'Assommoir
Word Origin and History for oneself
1540s, one's self. Hyphenated 18c.; written as one word from c.1827, on model of himself, itself, etc.
Idioms and Phrases with oneself
see avail (oneself) of; be oneself; beside oneself; burn (oneself) out; by oneself; cover one's ass (oneself); crank (oneself) up; do oneself in; excuse me (oneself); exert oneself; explain oneself; express oneself; fall all over (oneself); feel like oneself; find oneself; flatter oneself; fling oneself at; forget oneself; full of oneself; get a grip on (oneself); give a good account of oneself; give of oneself; give (oneself) away; give oneself up; have oneself; hear oneself think; help oneself; keep to oneself; kick oneself; knock oneself out; law unto oneself; lay (oneself) open; leave (oneself) open; let (oneself) go; live with (oneself); lose oneself in; make a laughingstock of oneself; make a name for oneself; make an exhibition of oneself; make a nuisance of oneself; make a pig of oneself; make oneself at home; make oneself scarce; not oneself; paint oneself into a corner; plume oneself; pride oneself on; pull oneself together; pull oneself up; put oneself out; relieve oneself; repeat oneself; shift for oneself; shoot oneself in the foot; spread oneself too thin; suit oneself; sure of oneself; take it upon oneself; throw oneself at; tie oneself in knots; trouble one's head (oneself) about.