- 1 (the reflexive form of you) used when the person or people being spoken to both cause and are affected by an action Have you hurt yourself? You don't seem quite yourself today (= you do not seem well or do not seem as happy as usual). Enjoy yourselves!
- 2 used 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. You yourself are one of the chief offenders.
- 3you We sell a lot of these to people like yourself. ‘And yourself,’ he replied, ‘How are you?’ Idioms to act naturally Don't act sophisticated—just be yourself.
- 1alone; without anyone else How long were you by yourself in the house?
- 2without help Are you sure you did this exercise by yourself?
pronounjump to other results
BrE BrE//jɔːˈself//; NAmE NAmE//jɔːrˈself//, NAmE//jʊrˈself//; BrE weak form BrE//jəˈself//; NAmE weak form NAmE//jərˈself//(pl. yourselves
BrE BrE//jɔːˈselvz//; NAmE NAmE//jɔːrˈselvz//, NAmE//jʊrˈselvz//; BrE weak form BrE//jəˈselvz//; NAmE weak form NAmE//jərˈselvz//)