[yoo r-self, yawr-, yohr-, yer-]
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.

Origin of yourself

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

Usage note

See myself. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for yourselves

Contemporary Examples of yourselves

Historical Examples of yourselves

  • 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

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • You can try to piece out for yourselves what sort of stories they were.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for yourselves


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 yourselves


by early 14c., from your + self. Plural yourselves first recorded 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper