1 reflexive form of `she': She hurt herself. | She made herself a cup of coffee.
2 the strong form of `she' used to emphasize the subject or object of a sentence: It must be true that she's leaving because she told me so herself. | She herself told me.
3 informal in her usual state of mind or body: She's feeling much more herself today.
4 (all) by herself
a) alone: She lives by herself.
b) without help from anyone else: The little girl wrote the letter all by herself.
5 (all) to herself for her own use; not having to share: She had the house to herself while her parents were gone.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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