Definition of oneself in English:

oneself

(also one's self)

pronoun

  • 1[reflexive] A person's own self.

    ‘it is difficult to wrest oneself away’
    ‘resolves that one makes to oneself’
    • ‘This means finding oneself subject to an ever wider and more complex web of cultural negotiation and interaction.’
    • ‘Yoko meshi evokes the stress that comes from trying to make oneself understood in a foreign language.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The example given is that of the obligation to become a subject, to place oneself above the basic human animalism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Why subject oneself voluntarily to the kind of pain involved in running 21K?’
    • ‘In prayer, one comes to a better understanding of oneself and achieves spiritual development.’
    • ‘It could serve as an exhortation to fully immerse oneself in worthy subjects, to learn and allow others to learn.’
    • ‘One cannot comprehend the future unless one understands oneself and one's own people.’
    • ‘This is work that one does on oneself to turn oneself into an ethical subject.’
    • ‘They say the biggest challenge for one is to understand oneself.’
    • ‘The lack of reflection is usually reflected in the lack of understanding of oneself.’
    • ‘That's what comes from subjecting oneself to confusion and some painfully obvious bias on both sides of the argument.’
    • ‘One understands oneself often by watching what your brother does.’
    • ‘One simply comes to recognise and understand oneself better, and that is a form of humility.’
    • ‘To learn about and understand the situation of another is to learn about and understand oneself more deeply.’
    • ‘She only understands defending oneself from natural predators, like foxes.’
    • ‘There is immense room for giving and taking offense when the subject is oneself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gelatin agar - is there a way to make it oneself?’
  • 3In one's normal and individual state of body or mind; not influenced by others.

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

Pronunciation

oneself

/ˌwənˈself/