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



    BrE BrE//ðəmˈselvz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ðəmˈselvz//
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  1. 1  (the reflexive form of they) used when people or animals performing an action are also affected by it They seemed to be enjoying themselves. The children were arguing amongst themselves. They've bought themselves a new car.
  2. 2  used to emphasize they or a plural subject They themselves had had a similar experience. Don and Julie paid for it themselves.
  3. 3  used instead of himself or herself to refer to a person whose sex is not mentioned or not known There wasn't anyone who hadn't enjoyed themselves. Although this use of themselves is fairly common, especially in spoken English, many people think it is not correct.
  4. Idioms
    1. 1alone; without anyone else They wanted to spend the evening by themselves.
    2. 2without help They did the cooking by themselves.
    for them alone; not shared with anyone
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: themselves