a reflexive form of it: The battery recharges itself.
an emphatic appositive of it, which, that, this, or a noun: which itself is also true; Even without flowers, the bowl itself is beautiful.
(used as the object of a preposition or as the direct or indirect object of a verb): The chameleon's ability to change color is a protection for itself.
its normal or customary self: After much tender care, the puppy was soon itself again.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English hit self. See it1, self

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itself (ɪtˈsɛlf)
1.  a.  the reflexive form of it
 b.  (intensifier): even the money itself won't convince me
2.  (preceded by a copula) its normal or usual self: my cat isn't itself today

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.E. hit sylf, from it + self (q.v.). Since 17c. usually regarded as its self (cf. its own self).
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Example sentences
He says that task is something that each campus will need to do for itself.
The household sells in a morning, but when they cannot let the house itself go
When planning its response to a disaster affecting the campus network, a
  college should not limit itself to local happenings.
In one case, the dying newspaper industry itself is grabbing for a share of the
  higher-education market.
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