her·self / hərˈself/ • pron. [third person sing.] 1. [reflexive] used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a female person or animal previously mentioned as the subject of the clause: she had to defend herself | Jo made herself a cup of tea.2. she or her personally (used to emphasize a particular female person or animal mentioned): she told me herself.PHRASES: (not) be herselfsee be oneself, not be oneself at be.by herselfsee by oneself at by.