Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • pro. Those ones identical with them:
  • pro. Used reflexively as the direct or indirect object of a verb or as the object of a preposition: prepared themselves for the trip; gave themselves plenty of time; were left to themselves.
  • pro. Used for emphasis: The cooks themselves eat after all the guests have finished.
  • pro. Used in an absolute construction: Newcomers themselves, they knew few people at the party.
  • pro. Their normal or healthy condition: The members of the crew were themselves again after the crisis passed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • pro. The people previously mentioned, as the object of a verb or following a preposition, where the people are also the subject of the verb; also used for emphasis.
  • pro. The person of unspecified gender previously mentioned, as the object of a verb or following a preposition, where the person is also the subject of the verb; also used for emphasis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pro. The plural of himself, herself, and itself. See himself, herself, itself.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See himself.

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Examples

  • But as the _Samoits_ themselves will say, they were called _Samoit_, that is, _of themselves_, as though they were _Indigen鎋, or people bred upon that very soyle that never changed their seate from one place to another, as most Nations have done.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • To illustrate the blinding and perverting influence of even a small quantity of such liquor, let a strictly temperate man spend an evening with a dozen others indulging themselves "moderately:" they will be sure to say things which to him will appear foolish, if not wicked; and which will appear so to _themselves_ on reflection; though at the time they may not be conscious of any impropriety.

    Select Temperance Tracts

  • _When corn was to be ground, or bread made, both were done in the houses of the rich, and prepared by themselves; for the very few poor people whom the plague had spared were insufficient for the wants of the affluent, and they were consequently obliged to work for themselves_.

    An Account of Timbuctoo and Housa Territories in the Interior of Africa

  • Having shown, under a previous head, that servants _sold themselves_, and of course received the compensation for themselves, except in cases where parents hired out the time of their children till they became of age [B], a mere reference to the fact is all that is required for the purposes of this argument.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4

  • Having shown, under a previous head, that servants _sold themselves_, and of course received the compensation for themselves, (except in cases where parents hired out the time of their children until they became of age [B],) a mere reference to the fact in this place is all that is required for the purposes of this argument.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4

  • _English_ were imployed under Hatches about the Ordnance, and other workes of order, and accommodating themselves: all which _Iohn Rawlins_ marked, as supposing it an intolerable slaverie to take such paines, and be subiect to such dangers, and still to enrich other men and maintaine their voluptuous filthinesse and lives, returning _themselves_ as

    Great Pirate Stories

  • A supplication was presented by "the Barons, gentlemen, Burgesses, and others" to "the nobility and Estates" (of whom they do not seem to reckon themselves part, contrasting _themselves_ with "yourselves").

    John Knox and the Reformation

  • But as the _Samoits_ themselves will say, they were called _Samoie_, that is, _of themselves_, as though they were _Indigenæ_, or people bred upon that very soyle that never changed their seate from one place to another, as most Nations have done.

    The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II

  • Douglas would not use the same power, either to permit or destroy, but recognizing the right and capacity of the people to govern themselves, would leave them to decide _for themselves_ as to what domestic institutions they would or would not have.

    The Relations of the Federal Government to Slavery Delivered at Fort Wayne, Ind., October 30th 1860

  • 'For those whose doctrines are already _seated_ in popular opinion, have only to dispute or prove; but those whose doctrines are beyond the popular opinions, have a _double labour_; the one to make themselves conceived, and the other to prove and demonstrate; so that it is of _necessity with them to have recourse to similitudes_ AND TRANSLATIONS _to express themselves_.

    The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded

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