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

  • pro. That one identical with it:
  • pro. Used reflexively as the direct or indirect object of a verb or the object of a preposition: The cat scratched itself.
  • pro. Used for emphasis: The trouble is in the machine itself.
  • pro. Used in an absolute construction: Itself no great poem, it still reveals talent.
  • pro. Its normal or healthy condition or state: The car is acting itself again since we changed the oil.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • pro. it; A thing as the object of a verb or preposition that also appears as the subject
  • pro. it; used to intensify the subject, especially to emphasize that it is the only participant in the predicate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pro. The neuter reflexive pronoun of it

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The neuter pronoun corresponding to himself, herself. (See himself.) Its emphatic and reflexive uses are like those of himself.


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