Definition of oneself in English:



  • 1[reflexive] Used as the object of a verb or preposition when this is the same as the subject of the clause and the subject is stated or understood as ‘one’

    ‘it is difficult to wrest oneself away’
    ‘resolutions that one makes to oneself’
    • ‘One cannot comprehend the future unless one understands oneself and one's own people.’
    • ‘She only understands defending oneself from natural predators, like foxes.’
    • ‘To learn about and understand the situation of another is to learn about and understand oneself more deeply.’
    • ‘That's what comes from subjecting oneself to confusion and some painfully obvious bias on both sides of the argument.’
    • ‘There is immense room for giving and taking offense when the subject is oneself.’
    • ‘Yoko meshi evokes the stress that comes from trying to make oneself understood in a foreign language.’
    • ‘One understands oneself often by watching what your brother does.’
    • ‘It demands a turning back to oneself in order to understand, and thus has implications and effects which are moral in that they influence how we act.’
    • ‘One simply comes to recognise and understand oneself better, and that is a form of humility.’
    • ‘It could serve as an exhortation to fully immerse oneself in worthy subjects, to learn and allow others to learn.’
    • ‘Why subject oneself voluntarily to the kind of pain involved in running 21K?’
    • ‘This is work that one does on oneself to turn oneself into an ethical subject.’
    • ‘The lack of reflection is usually reflected in the lack of understanding of oneself.’
    • ‘One argument for this view is that one is or could be aware of oneself as the subject of each and every one of one's conscious experiences.’
    • ‘The example given is that of the obligation to become a subject, to place oneself above the basic human animalism.’
    • ‘In prayer, one comes to a better understanding of oneself and achieves spiritual development.’
    • ‘I was, however, of an age when it is difficult to forgive oneself and had engaged in this vocation with a vengeance from then on.’
    • ‘This means finding oneself subject to an ever wider and more complex web of cultural negotiation and interaction.’
    • ‘They say the biggest challenge for one is to understand oneself.’
    • ‘Subjective gender identity includes all of the ways one might understand oneself to be a man or a woman.’
  • 2[emphatic] Used to emphasize that one does something individually or unaided.

    ‘the idea of publishing a book oneself’
    • ‘Gelatin agar - is there a way to make it oneself?’
    • ‘They take the easier way out, and when that comes to eating, it is easier to stop into a fast food restaurant than to prepare a meal oneself.’
    • ‘These things could be learned from friends and relatives, or from reading the right kinds of books oneself.’
  • 3In one's normal and individual state of body or mind; not influenced by others.

    ‘freedom to be oneself’
    • ‘This is all true, although perhaps MC900 ftB is asking why the emphasis lies in being convincing, rather than being oneself.’
    • ‘One just has to be oneself’