1. a reflexive form of it1: The battery recharges itself.
  2. an emphatic appositive of it1, which, that, this, or a noun: which itself is also true; Even without flowers, the bowl itself is beautiful.
  3. (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.
  4. its normal or customary self: After much tender care, the puppy was soon itself again.

Origin of itself

before 1000; Middle English; Old English hit self. See it1, self

Usage note

See myself. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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    1. the reflexive form of it 1
    2. (intensifier)even the money itself won't convince me
  1. (preceded by a copula) its normal or usual selfmy cat isn't itself today
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Word Origin and History for itself

late 14c., from Old English hit sylf, from it + self. Since 17c. usually regarded as its self (cf. its own self).

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