Meaning of ITSELF in English

ITSELF

transcription, транскрипция: [ ɪtself ]

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.

1.

Itself is used as the object of a verb or preposition when it refers to something that is the same thing as the subject of the verb.

Scientists have discovered remarkable new evidence showing how the body rebuilds itself while we sleep...

Unemployment does not correct itself.

PRON : v PRON , prep PRON

2.

You use itself to emphasize the thing you are referring to.

I think life itself is a learning process...

The involvement of the foreign ministers was itself a sign of progress...

PRON [ emphasis ]

3.

If you say that someone is, for example, politeness itself or kindness itself , you are emphasizing they are extremely polite or extremely kind.

I was never really happy there, although the people were kindness itself...

PRON : n PRON [ emphasis ]

4.

an end in itself: see end

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