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[it-self] /ɪtˈsɛlf/
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.
Origin of itself
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hit self. See it1, self
Usage note
See myself. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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 for.
  • 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.
  • Quality does not lend itself to government regulation because there is no simple metric.
  • The backstage lives of faculty members are mysteries, occasionally even to the faculty itself.
  • The way you convey your professional comfort in the interview itself is through your discussion of all the things you are doing.
  • For many, money simply could not be an end in itself-they felt called to use their talents for a higher purpose.
  • It's provocation whose point is to provoke, but not for any particular reason other than provocation itself.
  • Risotto's characteristic creaminess and chewiness come from the rice itself, and risotto rice is no ordinary rice.
British Dictionary definitions for itself


  1. the reflexive form of it1
  2. (intensifier): even the money itself won't convince me
(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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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