itself [it-self] ExamplesWord Origin pronoun
- a reflexive form of it1: The battery recharges itself.
- an emphatic appositive of it1, 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.
“Gronkowski” itself never manages to sound more erotic than the name of a hearty Polish stew or a D-list WWE performer.
January 7, 2015
Finding the shop is a trip in itself and an introduction to a slice of history.
January 6, 2015
This initiative had the support of all 22 members of the Arab League, which in and of itself is remarkable.
January 2, 2015
Google itself has taken a break and put plans for mass production on hold.
December 31, 2014
In the city of Mosul itself it seems as though ISIS is at a loss.
December 27, 2014
Historical Examples of itself
The fable is fanciful and pleasing in itself; but will it not hereafter be believed as reality?
Lydia Maria Child
There was no such thing then as a citizen of the United States of and by itself.
Charles Francis Adams
Every family lived and hunted and worked and died for and by itself.
Hendrik Willem van Loon
It speaks for itself and will be of increasing influence as the years go by.
Everywhere we see the seeds of the same growth that America itself has known.
British Dictionary definitions for itself itself pronoun
- the reflexive form of it 1
- (intensifier)even the money itself won’t convince me
- (preceded by a copula) its normal or usual selfmy cat isn’t itself today
Word Origin and History for itself pron.