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itself

[it-self] /ɪtˈsɛlf/
pronoun
1.
a reflexive form of it1 :
The battery recharges itself.
2.
an emphatic appositive of it1 , which, that, this, or a noun:
which itself is also true; Even without flowers, the bowl itself is beautiful.
3.
(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.
4.
its normal or customary self:
After much tender care, the puppy was soon itself again.
Origin of itself
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hit self. See it1, self
Usage note
See myself.
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itself

/ɪtˈsɛlf/
pronoun
1.
  1. the reflexive form of it1
  2. (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 and History for itself
pron.

late 14c., from Old English hit sylf, from it + self. Since 17c. usually regarded as its self (cf. its own self).

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