Definition of ourself in English:

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Pronunciation: /ou(ə)rˈself/
Pronunciation: /ärˈself/


[first person plural]
1Used instead of “ourselves,” typically when “we” refers to people in general rather than a definite group of people: [reflexive]: we must choose which aspects of ourself to express to the world [emphatic]: this is our affair—we deal with it ourself
More example sentences
  • We have resigned ourself to the hand that geography and history has dealt our people.
  • So, we could really have sold our shrimp boat last year and we built it ourself and it was kind of hard to do so we kept it.
  • We go to highschool and struggle through years of trying to be accepted, trying to impress people, wanting to be with the right crowds and do the right things, trying to make a name for ourself.
2 archaic Used instead of “myself” by a sovereign or other person in authority.


The standard reflexive form corresponding to we and us is ourselves, as in we can blame only ourselves. The singular form ourself, first recorded in the 14th century, is sometimes used in modern English, typically where we refers to people in general. This use, though logical, is uncommon and not widely accepted in standard English. See also themself (usage) and they.

Words that rhyme with ourself

elf, herself, himself, itself, myself, oneself, self, shelf, themself, thyself, yourself

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Syllabification: our·self

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