ourselves

plural pronoun our·selves \ är-ˈselvz , 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 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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OURSELVES Defined for English Language Learners

ourselves

Definition of ourselves for English Language Learners

  • : 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


OURSELVES Defined for Kids

ourselves

pronoun our·selves \ au̇r-ˈselvz , är- \

Definition of ourselves for Students

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


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