- 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.
- without a companion; alone.
- through one's own efforts; unaided: to become a millionaire by 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.
How many details are needed, after all, before one can say to oneself, “This is what I have lost?”
It frightens the psychological concept of oneself that all of us rely on to maintain our dignity and overcome uncertainty in life.
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|Brandy Zadrozny|January 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Legs McNeil|March 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It is not hard to make for oneself a colourful picture of a typical Sunday congregation in these dead and gone days.Greenwich Village|Anna Alice Chapin
Call it aestheticism, squeamishness, namby-pamby sentimentalism, what you will it is stronger than oneself!The Complete Essays of John Galsworthy|John Galsworthy
What a glorious thing to obtain a share of such a nature,—the very next best thing to having it oneself!Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)|Charles James Lever
Nothing but seeing for oneself is any good when it comes to the personal.The Side Of The Angels|Basil King
The reed or quill pen should be used, and one of the best ways to become intimate with the pen is to cut it to shape for oneself.Illumination and its Development in the Present Day|Sidney Farnsworth
British Dictionary definitions for oneself
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.