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[yoo r-self, yawr-, yohr-, yer-] /yʊərˈsɛlf, yɔr-, yoʊr-, yər-/
pronoun, plural yourselves
[yoo r-selvz, yawr-, yohr-, yer-] /yʊərˈsɛlvz, yɔr-, yoʊr-, yər-/ (Show IPA)
(an emphatic appositive of you or ye):
a letter you yourself wrote.
a reflexive form of you (used as the direct or indirect object of a verb or the object of a preposition):
Don't blame yourself. Did you ever ask yourself “why”? You can think for yourself.
Informal. (used in place of you, especially in compound subjects, objects, and complements):
Ted and yourself have been elected. We saw your sister and yourself at the game. People like yourselves always feel like that.
(used in absolute constructions):
Yourself having so little money, how could they expect you to help?
your normal or customary self:
You'll soon be yourself again.
(used in place of you after as, than, or but):
scholars as famous as yourselves; a girl no older than yourself.
The surest way is to do it yourself.
Origin of yourself
1275-1325; Middle English; see your, self
Usage note
See myself. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If you listen at a hole, you will hear ill of yourself as well as others.
  • The best good that you can possibly achieve is not good enough if you have to strain yourself all the time to reach it.
  • Change but the name, and the story is told of yourself.
  • Gird up the loins, brace yourself for vigorous action, or energetic endurance.
  • In a few moments you roll yourself in their soft wool.
  • Wrap yourself in your own virtue, and seek a friend and your daily bread.
  • Use the first paragraph of the cover letter to introduce yourself and explain why you're writing in the first place.
  • But these days, my company dinners consist of do-it-yourself dishes, with my guests pitching in.
  • We want to know that you actually enjoy teaching and that you have some idea what you're getting yourself into on our campus.
  • Among the extraordinarily gifted, you had to present yourself as a solitary genius.
British Dictionary definitions for yourself


/jɔːˈsɛlf; jʊə-/
pronoun (pl) -selves
  1. the reflexive form of you
  2. (intensifier): you yourself control your destiny
(preceded by a copula) your normal or usual self: you're not yourself these days
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Word Origin and History for yourself

by early 14c., from your + self. Plural yourselves first recorded 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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