[ it-self ]
/ ɪtˈsɛlf /


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.

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Origin of itself

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

usage note for itself

See myself. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for itself

/ (ɪtˈsɛlf) /


  1. the reflexive form of it 1
  2. (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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