[yoo r-self, yawr-, yohr-, yer-]
- (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.
- oneself: The surest way is to do it yourself.
Origin of yourself
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Examples from the Web for yourselves
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Ana Marie Cox
December 20, 2014
And that takes a sense of humor about yourselves and others.
It is even possible that I am doing you an injustice and that you, yourselves, know nothing about this dog-in-the-Wanger attitude.Harvey Weinstein’s Battle With Warner Bros. Over ‘The Butler’: There's History
July 12, 2013
One correspondent with the late ambassador urged him to send someone to Dernaa to “see the truth for yourselves.”Exclusive: Libya Cable Detailed Threats
October 8, 2012
And wingers, as a general principle, just get ahold of yourselves, would you?An Article That Made Me Sad, and a Little Response to Readers
June 12, 2012
And how of the heap of trifles that you can see for yourselves in yonder corner?The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
You and every other boy in your classes ought to thoroughly ashamed of yourselves.Her Father's Daughter
You can try to piece out for yourselves what sort of stories they were.American Notes
There's just them and yourselves, sir, you and the mistress and Master Will.Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
As for me, I think—But I leave it with you to say for yourselves which you hold with.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
- the reflexive form of you
- (intensifier)you yourself control your destiny
- (preceded by a copula) your normal or usual selfyou're not yourself these days
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Word Origin and History for yourselves
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper