[ her-self ]
/ hərˈsɛlf /
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an emphatic appositive of her or she: She herself wrote the letter.
a reflexive form of her: She supports herself.
(used in absolute constructions): Herself still only a child, she had to take care of her four younger brothers and sisters.
(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.
(used in comparisons after as or than): She found out that the others were even more nervous than herself.
her normal or customary self: After a few weeks of rest, she will be herself again.



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Origin of herself

before 1000; Middle English hire-selfe,Old English hire self.See her, self

usage note for herself

See myself.
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British Dictionary definitions for herself

/ (həˈsɛlf) /


  1. the reflexive form of she or her
  2. (intensifier)the queen herself signed the letter
(preceded by a copula) her normal or usual selfshe looks herself again after the operation
Irish and Scot the wife or woman of the houseis herself at home?
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