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Definition of herself pronoun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ərˈsɛlf//
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  1. 1(the reflexive form of she) used when the woman or girl who performs an action is also affected by it She hurt herself. She must be very proud of herself.
  2. 2used to emphasize the female subject or object of a sentence She told me the news herself. Jane herself was at the meeting.
  3. Idioms
    be, seem, etc. herself
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    (of a woman or girl) to be in a normal state of health or happiness; not influenced by other people She didn't seem quite herself this morning. She needed space to be herself.
      (all) by herself
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    1. 1alone; without anyone else She lives by herself.
    2. 2without help She runs the business by herself.
    (all) to herself
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    for only her to have or use She wants a room all to herself.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: herself