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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