Definitions for ourselvesɑrˈsɛlvz, aʊər-, ˌaʊ ər-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

our•selves*ɑrˈsɛlvz, aʊər-, ˌaʊ ər-(

  1. a reflexive form of we (used as the direct or indirect object of a verb or the direct object of a preposition):

    We may be deceiving ourselves.

  2. (used as an intensive with we):

    We ourselves would never say such a thing.

  3. (used in place of we or us in various compound and comparative constructions):

    The children and ourselves want to thank you. No one is more fortunate than ourselves.

  4. (used in absolute constructions):

    Ourselves too poor to help, we were forced to turn them away.

  5. our customary, normal, or healthy selves.

* Usage: See myself.

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Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ourselves(pronoun)ɑrˈsɛlvz, aʊər-, ˌaʊ ər-

    the reflexive form of "we"

    Let's not congratulate ourselves too soon.

  2. ourselvesɑrˈsɛlvz, aʊər-, ˌaʊ ər-

    emphasizes you are referring to a particular group that the speaker belongs to

    We wanted to do it ourselves.

  3. ourselvesɑrˈsɛlvz, aʊər-, ˌaʊ ər-

    alone or without help

    Mom, we cleaned up all by ourselves.; They left the animals by themselves.

  4. ourselvesɑrˈsɛlvz, aʊər-, ˌaʊ ər-

    only for us

    We had the swimming pool all to ourselves.


  1. ourselves(Pronoun)


    We should keep this for ourselves.

  2. ourselves(Pronoun)


    We did it ourselves.

  3. ourselves(Noun)

    Plural form of myself.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ourselves

    of Myself


  1. Ourselves

    Ourselves is a 1988 album by punk band 7 Seconds.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ourselves' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2565

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ourselves' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1110

Translations for ourselves

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


used as the object of a verb when the person speaking and other people are the object of an action etc they perform

We saw ourselves in the mirror.

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