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UK [wʌnˈself] / US pronoun formal
Summary:

Oneself is a reflexive pronoun, which can be used in the following ways: - as an object that refers back to the pronoun "one" when it is the subject of the sentence: One should be careful not to hurt oneself. - as an object when no subject is mentioned: It's essential not to let oneself be frightened.
1) used for showing that people in general, including yourself, are affected by or involved in the results of something that they do

One has to think of oneself in these matters.

It's awful having to defend oneself all the time.

2) used for emphasizing that you and not anyone else does something

It's important to complete the application forms oneself.

(all) by oneself — alone; without help from anyone else

It's more satisfying to do the job by oneself.

have something (all) to oneself — to not have to share a place, time etc with anyone else

It's possible to have the place to oneself if it's early.

It's good to have the children to oneself sometimes.


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  • oneself — 1540s, one s self. Hyphenated 18c.; written as one word from c.1827, on model of himself, itself, etc …   Etymology dictionary

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  • oneself — /wun self , wunz /, pron. 1. a person s self (used for emphasis or reflexively): One often hurts oneself accidentally. 2. be oneself, a. to be in one s normal state of mind or physical condition. b. to be unaffected and sincere: One makes more… …   Universalium

  • oneself — one•self or one s self [[t]wʌnˈsɛlf, wʌnz [/t]] pron. a person s self (used as a reflexive or emphatic form of one): One should be able to laugh at oneself[/ex] • be oneself by oneself Etymology: 1540–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • oneself — [wʌnˈself] pronoun British formal 1) the REFLEXIVE form of ‘one , used for showing that people in general, including yourself, are affected by something that they do One has to think of oneself in these matters.[/ex] 2) used for emphasizing that… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • oneself — pron. the reflexive and (in apposition) emphatic form of one (kill oneself; one has to do it oneself) …   Useful english dictionary

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