American English

Definition of yourself pronoun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. yourselves
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  1. 1(the reflexive form of you) used when the person or people being spoken to both cause and are affected by an action Did you hurt yourself? You don't seem like yourself today (= you do not seem well or do not seem as happy as usual). Enjoy yourselves!
  2. 2used to emphasize the fact that the person who is being spoken to is doing something Do it yourself—I don't have time. You can try it out for yourselves.
  3. 3(informal) (non-standard) you We sell a lot of these to people like yourself. “And yourself,” he replied, “How are you?” Yourself is sometimes used in this way as a polite way of saying “you,” but some people think this is incorrect.
  4. Idioms
    be yourself
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    to act naturally Don't try to act sophisticated—just be yourself.
      (all) by yourself/yourselves
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    1. 1alone; without anyone else How long were you by yourself in the house?
    2. 2without help Are you sure you did this work by yourself?
    (all) to yourself/yourselves
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    for only you to have, use, etc. I'm going to be away next week, so you'll have the office to yourself.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: yourself