itself */*/*/

itself */*/*/
UK [ɪtˈself] / US pronoun

Itself is a reflexive pronoun, being the reflexive form of it. It can be used especially in the following ways: - as an object that refers to the same thing that is the subject of the sentence or that was mentioned earlier in the sentence: The machine switches itself off when it has finished printing. The civil war divided the country against itself. - after a singular noun or pronoun for emphasis: The document itself is divided into three parts. That itself is the problem.
1) used for showing that a thing, group, animal, or baby that does something is also affected by the action or is involved in it

It will be several months before the young bird can feed itself.

Can the government in Freetown defend itself against rebel attacks?

2) used for referring back to something already mentioned in the same sentence

Roosevelt's reforms were designed to save American capitalism from itself.

We want to create a society that is at ease with itself.

3) used for emphasizing that you are referring to a particular thing and not to anything else

The problem lies in the software and not in the computer itself.

Before we begin the ceremony itself, there are one or two things I should explain.

4) used for saying that someone or something has a lot of a particular quality

The nurses had been kindness itself to Leonora.

Applying online is simplicity itself.

(all) by itself — not near any others; without help, or without being made to do something; used for showing that one particular thing is the only thing involved

His house stood by itself on the edge of the village.

The door opens by itself as you approach it.

The baby will soon be able to stand up all by itself.

Nuclear power by itself cannot provide for all our energy needs.

in itself/of itself — used for emphasizing that what you are saying about one particular thing is true without even considering anything else

Some of the medicines were out of date, which was in itself dangerous.

Using someone else's name is not of itself a crime, unless there is an intention to commit a fraud.

(all) to itself — not shared with others

This is such a complex matter that it is given a chapter to itself.

English dictionary. 2014.

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