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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishthemselvesthem‧selves /ðəmˈselvz/ ●●● S1 W1 pronoun  1 PERSON/PEOPLEused to show that the people who do something are affected by their own action Teachers have no choice but to take measures to protect themselves. Our neighbours have just bought themselves a jacuzzi. The kids seem very pleased with themselves.2 EMPHASIZEused to emphasize the pronoun ‘they’, a plural noun etc Doctors themselves are the first to admit the treatment has side effects.3 PERSON/PEOPLEused after words like ‘everyone’, ‘anyone’, ‘no one’ etc when you talk about someone already mentioned and you do not know what sex they are or it is not important. Many teachers think this is not correct English Someone told me they’d actually seen the accident happen themselves.4 in themselves5 (all) by themselves6 (all) to themselves7 not be/feel themselves
Examples from the Corpus
themselvesDo you think they killed themselves?Those guys only talk about themselves.Why don't they just do it themselves?Everyone I know who has tried it has hurt themselves somehow.