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pronoun mainly British formal oneself pronunciation in American English /wʌnˈself/
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. 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. 2
    used for emphasizing that you and not anyone else does something

    It’s important to complete the application forms oneself.



a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

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