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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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Examples from the web for yourselves
  • Give yourselves permission to cut an awesome bloom or a few sprigs of this or that.
  • Before you even check in, pour yourselves a shot of tequila from the hospitality tray.
  • Wow guys, you are really outdoing yourselves with these new brain teasers.
  • It seems that you are all enjoying yourselves, and helping other people and animals across the world is an extra added bonus.
  • So even if you don't care about me, you might want to think about yourselves.
  • Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder.
  • Turn back unto this day, and make yourselves afresh.
  • Also don't let yourselves trivialize the issues involved.
  • Don't rationalize or over intellectualize yourselves into believing otherwise.
  • Distinguish yourselves through the logic of your words.
British Dictionary definitions for yourselves


/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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for yourselves


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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