himself
pronoun Date: before 12th century 1. a. that identical male one — used reflexively, for emphasis, in absolute constructions, and in place of him especially when joined to another object <
he considers himself lucky
>
<
he himself did it
>
<
himself unhappy, he understood the situation
>
<
a gift to his wife and himself
>
— compare he I b. — used reflexively when the sex of the antecedent is unspecified <
everyone must fend for himself
>
2. his normal, healthy, or sane condition or self <
hasn't been himself lately
>
3. chiefly Irish & Scottish a man of consequence; especially the master of the house

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Himself — Him*self , pron. 1. An emphasized form of the third person masculine pronoun; used as a subject usually with he; as, he himself will bear the blame; used alone in the predicate, either in the nominative or objective case; as, it is himself who… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • himself — [him self′] pron. [OE him selfum, dat. sing. of he self: see HIM & SELF] a form of HE1, used: a) as an intensifier [he said so himself] b) as a reflexive [he hurt himself] c) wi …   English World dictionary

  • Himself — Him*self , Himselve Him*selve , Himselven Him*selv en (?), pron. pl. Themselves. See {Hemself}. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • himself — O.E. him selfum, from HIM (Cf. him), dative/accusative personal pronoun, + SELF (Cf. self), here used as an inflected adjective …   Etymology dictionary

  • himself — ► PRONOUN (third person sing. ) 1) (reflexive ) used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a male person or animal previously mentioned as the subject of the clause. 2) (emphatic ) he or him personally …   English terms dictionary

  • himself — him|self [ weak ım self, strong hım self ] pronoun *** Himself is a reflexive pronoun, being the reflexive form of he. It is used especially in the following ways: as an object that refers to the same male who is the subject of the sentence or… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • himself */*/*/ — strong UK [hɪmˈself] / US weak UK [ɪmˈself] / US pronoun Summary: Himself is a reflexive pronoun, being the reflexive form of he. It is used especially in the following ways: as an object that refers to the same male who is the subject of the… …   English dictionary

  • himself — [[t]hɪmse̱lf[/t]] ♦ (Himself is a third person singular reflexive pronoun. Himself is used when the object of a verb or preposition refers to the same person as the subject of the verb, except in meaning 4.) 1) PRON REFL: v PRON, prep PRON You… …   English dictionary

  • himself — him|self W1S1 [ım self strong hım self] pron [reflexive form of he ] 1.) a) used to show that the man or boy who does something is affected by his own action ▪ In despair, the young boy had hanged himself. ▪ His name is James but he calls himself …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • himself — /Im self/; strong / hIm / pronoun 1 used to emphasize the pronoun he , a male name etc: To her surprise it was the President himself who opened the door. | It must be true, he said so himself. | How can he criticise her work when he has been… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • himself */*/*/ — weak [ɪmˈself] , strong [hɪmˈself] pronoun 1) the REFLEXIVE form of ‘he , used for showing that the man, boy, or male animal that does something is also affected by what he does William slipped once, but he didn t hurt himself.[/ex] That man… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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