Themselves meaning

thĕm-sĕlvz, thəm-
Their normal or healthy condition.

The members of the crew were themselves again after the crisis passed.

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A form of they, used:
  • As an intensifier.
    They saw it themselves.
  • As a reflexive.
    They hurt themselves.
  • With the meaning “their real, true, or normal selves” [they are not themselves today]
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(the reflexive case of they, the third-person plural personal pronoun) The people previously mentioned, as the object of a verb or following a preposition, where the people are also the subject of the verb; 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.

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The person of unspecified gender previously mentioned, as the object of a verb or following a preposition, where the person is also the subject of the verb; also used for emphasis.

(reflexively): Would whoever stole my phone please make themselves known.

(after a preposition): They've brought this on themselves.

(for emphasis): The children did this themselves.

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Those ones identical with them:
  • Used reflexively as the direct or indirect object of a verb or as the object of a preposition.
    Prepared themselves for the trip; gave themselves plenty of time; were left to themselves.
  • Used for emphasis.
    The cooks themselves eat after all the guests have finished.
  • Used in an absolute construction.
    Newcomers themselves, they knew few people at the party.
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Themselves is defined as a group of people or things.

An example of themselves used as a pronoun is in the sentence, "The students were unable to look at themselves after what they did."

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