an emphatic appositive of her or she: She herself wrote the letter.
a reflexive form of her: She supports herself.
(used in absolute constructions): Herself still only a child, she had to take care of her four younger brothers and sisters.
(used as the object of a preposition or as the direct or indirect object of a verb): She gave herself a facial massage. He asked her for a picture of herself.
(used in comparisons after as or than ): She found out that the others were even more nervous than herself.
her normal or customary self: After a few weeks of rest, she will be herself again.

before 1000; Middle English hire-selfe, Old English hire self. See her, self

See myself.
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herself (həˈsɛlf)
1.  a.  the reflexive form of she or her
 b.  (intensifier): the queen herself signed the letter
2.  (preceded by a copula) her normal or usual self: she looks herself again after the operation
3.  (Irish), (Scot) the wife or woman of the house: is herself at home?

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Example sentences
Before long, she had made a name for herself-literally-taking the first two letters of her three given names.
He sprints over to the hawk as she thrashes, thoroughly trussing herself, and
  carefully extracts her.
Still, she was not ready to declare herself a singer.
She turned around and found herself staring into the eyes of a mountain lion.
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