ourselves

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plural pronoun our·selves \är-ˈselvz, au̇(-ə)r-\

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



OURSELVES Defined for English Language Learners

ourselves

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plural pronoun our·selves \är-ˈselvz, au̇(-ə)r-\

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

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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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