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Etymology edit

A contracted form of one's self (Mid-16th century). Equivalent to one +‎ -self.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /wʌnˈsɛlf/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛlf

Pronoun edit

oneself (reflexive form of the indefinite personal pronoun one, formerly sometimes two words: one's self)

  1. A person's self: general form of himself, herself, themself or yourself.
    Teaching oneself to swim can be dangerous.

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This pronoun can be used for emphasis or to make a verb reflexive.

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