ourselves

plural pronoun
our·​selves | \ är-ˈselvz How to pronounce ourselves (audio) , au̇(-ə)r- \

Definition of ourselves

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 sense 1
2 : our normal, healthy, or sane condition just not ourselves today

First Known Use of ourselves

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ourselves was in the 15th century

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“Ourselves.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ourselves. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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ourselves

pronoun
our·​selves | \ au̇r-ˈselvz How to pronounce ourselves (audio) , är- \

Kids Definition of ourselves

: our own selves We amused ourselves. We did it ourselves.

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