themselves


themselves
them|selves
W1S1 [ðəmˈselvz] pron
1.) used to show that the people who do something are affected by their own action
Teachers have no choice but to take measures to protect themselves.
Our neighbours have just bought themselves a jacuzzi.
The kids seem very pleased with themselves.
2.) used to emphasize the pronoun 'they', a plural noun etc
Doctors themselves are the first to admit the treatment has side effects.
3.) used after words like 'everyone', 'anyone', 'no one' etc when you talk about someone already mentioned and you do not know what sex they are or it is not important. Many teachers think this is not correct English
Someone told me they'd actually seen the accident happen themselves.
4.) in themselves also in and of themselves
considered without other related ideas or situations
The carvings are works of art in themselves, even disregarding their religious significance.
5.) (all) by themselves
a) alone
older people who are living all by themselves
b) without help from anyone else
Did the children make the model all by themselves?
6.) (all) to themselves
if people have something to themselves, they do not have to share it with anyone
They had the whole beach to themselves.
7.) not be/feel themselves
if people are not themselves, they do not feel or behave in the way they usually do because they are nervous, upset, or ill

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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