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yourself

[yoo r-self, yawr-, yohr-, yer-]
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pronoun, plural your·selves [yoo r-selvz, yawr-, yohr-, yer-] /yʊərˈsɛlvz, yɔr-, yoʊr-, yər-/.
  1. (an emphatic appositive of you or ye1): a letter you yourself wrote.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. (used in absolute constructions): Yourself having so little money, how could they expect you to help?
  5. your normal or customary self: You'll soon be yourself again.
  6. (used in place of you after as, than, or but): scholars as famous as yourselves; a girl no older than yourself.
  7. oneself: The surest way is to do it yourself.
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Origin of yourself

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at your, self

Usage note

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Examples from the Web for yourself

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Historical Examples

  • Look out you don't get mixed up in it yourself, that's all I ask.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • "Alcibiades had a more eager curiosity than yourself," replied Eudora.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • When you return, you will find a trifling token of remembrance for yourself and Philothea.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • As the train started he swung himself off with a sad little "Be good to yourself!"

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • This touches me the more sensibly, because you yourself, my dear, are so ready to persuade me into it.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson


British Dictionary definitions for yourself

yourself

pronoun plural -selves
    1. the reflexive form of you
    2. (intensifier)you yourself control your destiny
  1. (preceded by a copula) your normal or usual selfyou'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.

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