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Definition of ourselves pronoun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//aʊərˈsɛlvz//
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  1. 1the reflexive form of we; used when you and another person or other people together cause and are affected by an action We shouldn't blame ourselves for what happened. Let's just relax and enjoy ourselves. We'd like to see it for ourselves.
  2. 2used to emphasize we or us; sometimes used instead of these words We've often thought of going there ourselves. The only people there were ourselves.
  3. Idioms
      (all) by ourselves
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    1. 1alone; without anyone else
    2. 2without help
    (all) to ourselves
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    for us alone; not shared with anyone We had the pool all to ourselves.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: ourselves