Definition of herself in English:



  • 1[reflexive] Used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a female person or animal previously mentioned as the subject of the clause.

    ‘she had to defend herself’
    ‘Jo made herself a cup of tea’
    • ‘She smiles when Mamaji screeches at her to cover herself up and tie back her hair.’
    • ‘She may be able to make herself popular but nothing she can do will ever make Elizabeth loved.’
    • ‘A man approached her and said that he saw a bird make the mess and offered to help her clean herself up.’
    • ‘She felt upset by her anger as she had always regarded herself as a forgiving person in the past.’
    • ‘Instead she found herself in a room so crammed full of people that there was nowhere for her to sit.’
    • ‘Mollie then left her job to stay at home to make a home life for her father and herself.’
    • ‘Alice is forced out of the village but finds herself following in his path across the world.’
    • ‘She took the cup, gave it to me and took one for herself, looking at me with her keen grey eyes.’
    • ‘Angie had the chance to spoil herself with a bath and massages but she chose to just enjoy the peace.’
    • ‘She also did a night shift on one of the wings and had to raise the alarm after a prisoner tried to harm herself.’
    • ‘She poured herself a cup from the flask she had tucked away in the holdall she'd brought.’
    • ‘She didn't see why she could just call herself a female Marquis and have done with it!’
    • ‘Valerie used to go to Southend and treat herself to a cup of coffee when she was feeling down.’
    • ‘The condition can cause a mother to harm her children to attract attention to herself.’
    • ‘In this case the subject of the spell literally worries himself or herself to death.’
    • ‘It took a further four years before she could bring herself to contact the police.’
    • ‘Miss Widdecombe does herself and her party no service at all by carrying on in this manner.’
    • ‘Her fear and anger spread to nearby animals because she was unable to keep herself in check.’
    • ‘There was lots of room for her to reveal herself as a positive person as opposed to the way it went.’
    • ‘As he is busy working most of the time, Charlotte is left to entertain herself as best she can.’
  • 2[emphatic] She or her personally.

    ‘she told me herself’
    • ‘Randall herself goes on to tell me students of hers often make the same comparison.’
    • ‘Sara said she loved going to Yearsley herself once a week when a volunteer sat with Ethan.’
    • ‘The new partnership will also see Wark herself play more of a back seat role in the new company.’
    • ‘As for Felicity herself, she remains as elusive at the end as she was at the beginning.’
    • ‘It is understood that no approach has yet been made to Thatcher herself over the plans.’
    • ‘We tried to help them but she just shooed us out of the way and told us she could do it herself.’
    • ‘She told me herself and I laughed until my eyes leaked tears and my nose leaked snot.’
    • ‘She herself hopes that when the time comes for her to die, she will be able to do so with peace and dignity.’
    • ‘If the split was initiated by the minister herself, what were her grounds for doing so?’
    • ‘The leader of our council has no confidence in the schools which she runs herself.’
    • ‘So it is for each defendant himself or herself to decide whether to answer or not.’
    • ‘She first saw the light herself as a child of seven in her home town of Sheffield.’
    • ‘It makes a person want to help others and to become a better person himself or herself.’
    • ‘Yet she is a practising Christian and has been at the wrong end of adultery herself.’
    • ‘In fact in retrospect, he is a much more absorbing artist than the old girl herself.’
    • ‘He hopes she might buy it herself, but admits he is not too concerned who gets it.’


Old English (see her, self).