Definition of oneself pronoun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//wʌnˈself//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wʌnˈself//
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  1. 1(the reflexive form of one) used as the object of a verb or preposition when ‘one’ is the subject of the verb or is understood as the subject One has to ask oneself what the purpose of the exercise is. One cannot choose freedom for oneself without choosing it for others. It is difficult to make oneself concentrate for long periods.
  2. 2used to emphasize one One likes to do it oneself.
  3. One and oneself are very formal words and now sound old-fashioned. It is much more usual to use you and yourself for referring to people in general and I and myself when the speaker is referring to himself or herself.
    Idioms to be in a normal state of body and mind, not influenced by other people One needs space to be oneself.
    1. 1alone; without anyone else
    2. 2without help
    not shared with anyone
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: oneself