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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 ye1. ):
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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  • Then he said to them, "But you yourselves, who do you say that I am?"

    The Children's Bible Henry A. Sherman
  • And how of the heap of trifles that you can see for yourselves in yonder corner?

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Money is a good thing, and you ought to want to earn it, as a means of improving the condition of yourselves and families.

    The Freedmen's Book Lydia Maria Child
  • You can try to piece out for yourselves what sort of stories they were.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • You have lived here wrapped up in yourselves and your dinky little town so long that mental asphyxiation is threatening you all.

    The Chalice Of Courage Cyrus Townsend Brady
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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