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herself

[her-self]
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.
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Origin of herself

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

Usage note

See myself.
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herself

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