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yourself

[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)
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.
Origin of yourself
1275-1325
Middle English word dating back to 1275-1325; See origin at your, self
Usage note
See myself.
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  • 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

/jɔːˈsɛlf; jʊə-/
pronoun (pl) -selves
1.
  1. the reflexive form of you
  2. (intensifier): you yourself control your destiny
2.
(preceded by a copula) your normal or usual self: you'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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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