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ourselves

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pronoun plural our·selves \-ˈselvz\

Simple Definition of ourselves

  • : those same ones that we are:

  • —used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a group that includes you after that group has already been mentioned

  • —used for emphasis to refer again to a group that includes you after that group has already been mentioned

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ourselves

  1. 1 :  those identical ones that are we —used reflexively <we're doing it solely for ourselves>, for emphasis <we ourselves will never go>, or in absolute constructions <ourselves no longer young, we can sympathize with those who are old> — compare we 1

  2. 2 :  our normal, healthy, or sane condition <just not ourselves today>

15th Century

First Known Use of ourselves

15th century

Rhymes with ourselves



OURSELVES Defined for Kids

ourselves

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pronoun our·selves \au̇r-ˈselvz, är-\

Definition of ourselves for Students

  1. :  our own selves <We amused ourselves.> <We did it ourselves.>





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