be oneself

oneself

[wuhn-self, wuhnz-]
pronoun
1.
a person's self (used for emphasis or reflexively): One often hurts oneself accidentally.
Idioms
2.
be oneself,
a.
to be in one's normal state of mind or physical condition.
b.
to be unaffected and sincere: One makes more friends by being oneself than by putting on airs.
3.
by oneself,
a.
without a companion; alone.
b.
through one's own efforts; unaided: to become a millionaire by oneself.
4.
come to oneself,
a.
Also, come to. to regain consciousness.
b.
to regain one's self-possession; come to one's senses.
Also, come to one's self.
Also, Archaic, one's self.


Origin:
1540–50; shortened form of one's self

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oneself (wʌnˈsɛlf)
 
pron
1.  a.  one the reflexive form of one
 b.  (intensifier): one doesn't do that oneself
2.  (preceded by a copula) one's normal or usual self: one doesn't feel oneself after such an experience

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Word Origin & History

oneself
1540s, one's self. Hyphenated 18c.; written as one word from c.1827, on model of himself, itself, etc.
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Idioms & Phrases

be oneself

  1. Act in one's usual fashion; be in one's normal physical or mental state. For example, Peter's finally recovered from the accident and is himself again, or I was completely distracted; I just wasn't myself.

  2. Act without pretense; be unaffected, sincere. For example, I really enjoy their company because I can be myself with them.

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