themselves
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ðɛmˈsɛlvz/, /ðəmˈsɛlvz/
Pronoun
  1. The reflexive case of they, the third-person plural personal pronoun. The group of people, animals or objects previously mentioned, as the object of a verb or following a preposition (also used for emphasis).
    (reflexively): They’ve hurt themselves.
    (after a preposition): They fought among themselves.
    (for emphasis): They are going to try climbing Mount Everest themselves.
  2. The reflexive case of they, the third-person singular personal pronoun. The single person previously mentioned, as the object of a verb or following a preposition (also used for emphasis).
    (reflexively): Would whoever stole my phone please make themselves known.
    (after a preposition): I don't want anyone to fight among themselves.
    (for emphasis): Everyone must do it themselves.
    • 1611, King James Bible, Philippians 2.3:
      Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: se
  • German: sich
  • Portuguese: se, si (prepositional)
  • Russian: себя́
  • Spanish: se
Translations Translations
  • Russian: себя́



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