them·selves / [voicedth]əmˈselvz; [voicedth]em-/ • pron. [third person pl.] 1. [reflexive] used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a group of people or things previously mentioned as the subject of the clause: countries unable to look after themselves. 2. used to emphasize a particular group of people or things mentioned: excellent at organizing others, they may well be disorganized themselves. 3. used instead of “himself” or “herself” to refer to a person of unspecified sex: anyone who fancies themselves as a racing driver. PHRASES: (not) be themselvessee be oneself, not be oneself at be. by themselvessee by oneself at by.