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itself (the third person singular, neuter, personal pronoun, the reflexive form of it, masculine himself, feminine herself, plural themselves)

  1. (reflexive) it; A thing as the object of a verb or preposition that also appears as the subject
    The door closed by itself
  2. (emphatic) it; used to intensify the subject, especially to emphasize that it is the only participant in the predicate
    The door itself is quite heavy.
  3. (emphatic, archaic) it; used to refer back to an earlier subject
    • 1842, Andrew Ure, A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines
      The oil by degrees gets covered with a curdy mass, which after some time settles to the bottom, while itself becomes limpid and colorless.

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