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pronoun stronghimself pronunciation in British English /hɪmˈself/ weakhimself pronunciation in British English /ɪmˈself/
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Himself is a reflexive pronoun, being the reflexive form of he. It is used especially in the following ways:
as an object that refers to the same male who is the subject of the sentence or who is mentioned somewhere earlier in the sentence: He had prepared himself for this important meeting.Clive was feeling rather pleased with himself.I asked him a few questions about himself.Florian’s wife was, like himself, a refugee.
after a singular noun or the pronoun ‘he’ for emphasis: a suggestion that came from the president himself
  1. 1
    used for showing that the man, boy, or male animal that does something is also affected by his action or is involved in it

    William slipped once, but he didn’t hurt himself.

    That man ought to be ashamed of himself.

  2. 2
    used for referring to a man, boy, or male animal already mentioned in the sentence

    Lester’s book is mostly about himself.

    Julian showed us a picture of himself with his former wife.

  3. 3
    old-fashioned used in a general way for referring to the subject of a sentence or someone else mentioned in the sentence when they may be either male or female, especially when the subject is a word such as ‘everyone’, ‘someone’, or ‘anyone’

    Everyone has to look after himself.

    See also he1
  4. 4
    used for emphasizing that you are referring to a particular man, boy, or male animal and not to anyone else

    It is said that Shakespeare himself once acted in this play.

    Being an ex-police officer himself, Dawlish understands why so many cops are angry.

    1. a.
      used for emphasizing that a particular man, boy, or male animal does something without help from anyone else

      You mean to tell me Jack built the whole cabin himself?


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