Definition of ourselves in English:

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Pronunciation: /aʊəˈsɛlvz/


[first person plural]
1 [reflexive] Used as the object of a verb or preposition when this is the same as the subject of the clause and the subject is the speaker and one or more other people considered together: since we’re here, we might as well enjoy ourselves
More example sentences
  • There is no need for police to direct our every act in order for us to enjoy ourselves.
  • The basic freedom to dance, listen to music and enjoy ourselves is now under threat.
  • It's a big occasion and a big game for us and we've just got to go out there and enjoy ourselves.
2 [emphatic] We or us personally (used to emphasize the speaker and one or more other people considered together): we invented it ourselves
More example sentences
  • We got a bit of bad advice, but we took it ourselves so we can't blame anybody else.
  • With the last album, fans said their favourite songs were the ones we wrote ourselves.
  • We had the bravery and the belief to do it ourselves, and not depend on results elsewhere.



(not) be ourselves


by ourselves

see by oneself at by.

Words that rhyme with ourselves

elves, selves, shelves, theirselves, themselves, yourselves

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: our|selves

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