Definitions for ourselvesɑrˈsɛlvz, aʊər-, ˌaʊ ər-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

our•selves*ɑrˈsɛlvz, aʊər-, ˌaʊ ər-(pron.pl.)

  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.

Origin of ourselves:

1300–50

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.

Wiktionary

  1. ourselves(Pronoun)

    us;

    We should keep this for ourselves.

  2. ourselves(Pronoun)

    we;

    We did it ourselves.

  3. ourselves(Noun)

    Plural form of myself.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ourselves

    of Myself

Freebase

  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

ourselves(pronoun)

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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