herself


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her·self

 (hûr-sĕlf′)
pron.
1. That one identical with her:
a. Used reflexively as the direct or indirect object of a verb or as the object of a preposition: She bought herself a new car. She sculpted a likeness of herself.
b. Used for emphasis: She herself was certain of the facts.
c. Used in an absolute construction: In office herself, she helped him get a job.
2. Her normal or healthy condition or state: She's feeling herself again.

[Middle English hire self, from Old English hire selfre, dative of hēo self : hēo, she; see she + self, self; see self.]

herself

(həˈsɛlf)
pron
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 and Scot the wife or woman of the house: is herself at home?.

her•self

(hərˈsɛlf)

pron.
1. a reflexive form of her (used as the direct or indirect object of a verb or the object of a preposition): She supports herself. She bought herself a briefcase. She pulled the covers over herself.
2. (used as an intensive): She herself wrote the letter.
3. (used in absolute constructions): Herself only a child, she had to raise three younger brothers.
4. (used in place of she or her in compound and comparative constructions): The producer and herself were not on speaking terms. The others were even more nervous than herself.
5. her normal or customary self: After a week of rest, she will be herself again.
6. Irish Eng. and Scot. a woman of importance, esp. the head of a household or family: Herself has gone to market.
[before 1000; Middle English hire-selfe, Old English hire self. See her, self]
usage: See myself.
Translations
بنفسها، بدون مساعَدَهنفسهانَفْسِهَا
sesisama
hende selvselvsig selv
hän itseitsensä
sama sebe
maga
sjálfsjálf, upp á eigin spÿtursjálfa sig
彼女自身
그 여자 자신
zichzelfzijzelf
čisto sama
hon självsigsig själv
หล่อนเอง
kendisikendikendi başına
tự cô ấy

herself

[hɜːˈself] PRON
1. (reflexive) → se
she washed herselfse lavó
2. (emphatic) → ella misma; (after prep) → sí (misma)
she did it herselflo hizo ella misma
she went herselffue ella misma or en persona
she talked mainly about herselfhabló principalmente de sí misma
she said to herselfdijo entre or para sí
3. (phrases)
she came by herselfvino sola
she did it by herselflo hizo ella sola
she's not herselfno se encuentra nada bien

herself

[hərˈsɛlf] pron
(reflexive)se
She's hurt herself → Elle s'est blessée.
(emphatic)elle-même
She did it herself → Elle l'a fait elle-même.
(after prep)elle
She talked mainly about herself → Elle a surtout parlé d'elle.
by herself (= alone) → toute seule
She doesn't like travelling by herself → Elle n'aime pas voyager toute seule.

herself

pers pron
(dir and indir obj, with prep) → sich ? also myself
(emph)(sie) selbst
n (Ir inf) it was herself who told mesie selbst hat es mir gesagt

herself

[hɜːˈsɛlf] pers pron (reflexive) → si; (emphatic) → lei stessa; (after preposition) → sé, se stessa
she's not herself today → ha qualcosa che non va oggi
she did it (all) by herself → l'ha fatto (tutto) da sola
see also oneself

her

(həː) pronoun
(used as the object of a verb or preposition) a female person or animal already spoken about. I'll ask my mother when I see her; He came with her.
adjective
belonging to such a person or animal. My mother bought the neighbour's car, so it's her car now; a cat and her kittens.
hers (həːz) pronoun
something which belongs to a female person or animal already spoken about. It's not your book – it's hers; Hers is on that shelf.
herˈself pronoun
1. used as the object of a verb or preposition when a female person or animal is the object of an action she performs. The cat licked herself; She looked at herself in the mirror.
2. used to emphasize she, ~her, or the name of a female person or animal. She herself played no part in this; Mary answered the letter herself.
3. without help etc. She did it all by herself.

herself

نَفْسِهَا se hende selv sie selbst η ίδια se hän itse elle-même sama sebe se stessa 彼女自身 그 여자 자신 zichzelf seg selv siebie ela mesma себя hon själv หล่อนเอง kendisi tự cô ấy 她自己
References in classic literature ?
Pratt was a foundation for the rest, at once indisputable and alarming; and Edward's visit near Plymouth, his melancholy state of mind, his dissatisfaction at his own prospects, his uncertain behaviour towards herself, the intimate knowledge of the Miss Steeles as to Norland and their family connections, which had often surprised her, the picture, the letter, the ring, formed altogether such a body of evidence, as overcame every fear of condemning him unfairly, and established as a fact, which no partiality could set aside, his ill-treatment of herself.--Her resentment of such behaviour, her indignation at having been its dupe, for a short time made her feel only for herself; but other ideas, other considerations, soon arose.
But looking into his eyes she was frightened, realizing that there was not that barrier of modesty she had always felt between herself and other men.
For the first time in her experience of herself, compassion and regret were not the only emotions aroused in her by the remembrance of the dead Montbarry.
In this perturbed state of mind, with thoughts that could rest on nothing, she walked on; but it would not do; in half a minute the letter was unfolded again, and collecting herself as well as she could, she again began the mortifying perusal of all that related to Wickham, and commanded herself so far as to examine the meaning of every sentence.
She could not bring herself to attach more weight to one project than to another.
The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down a very deep well.
Still in the same anxious frame of mind, as she had been all that day, Anna took pleasure in arranging herself for the journey with great care.
Vanstone's letter, and mechanically set herself to read it through once more.
Instead, however, of seating herself to write, she stood by the table, absently looking down at the morsel of paper.
Sommers one day found herself the unexpected possessor of fifteen dollars.
Far--far more happily for herself, her conscience was clear, for never had a purer mind, or a gentler spirit dwelt in female breast.
Blake, and pledges herself, on the first occasion when sickness may lay him low, to offer him the use of her Extracts for the second time.