by yourself, himself, etc.

by (oneself)

1. Alone. Because there's usually so much going on with the kids, I really enjoy spending a quiet Saturday night by myself.
2. Through one's own efforts alone. You can't move that table all by yourself! Here, let me help you. My little girl loves to get dressed by herself, so tutus and cowboy boots have become the norm around here.
See also: by
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(all) by yourˈself, himˈself, etc.


1 alone; without anyone else: How long were you by yourself in the house?
2 without help: Are you sure he did this exercise all by himself?
See also: by
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