Meaning of ITSELF in English



Pronunciation: it- ' self, ə t-, Southern also - ' sef

Function: pronoun

Date: before 12th century

1 : that identical one ― compare IT 1 ― used reflexively <watched the cat giving itself a bath>, for emphasis <the letter itself was missing>, or in absolute constructions < itself a splendid specimen of classic art, it has been exhibited throughout the world>

2 : its normal, healthy, or sane condition

– in itself : in its own nature : INTRINSICALLY <was not in itself bad>

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.