Definition of ourselves in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘It's a big occasion and a big game for us and we've just got to go out there and enjoy ourselves.’
    • ‘We seem to be limiting ourselves purely to those people who are rich enough or bold enough to own a horse.’
    • ‘The basic freedom to dance, listen to music and enjoy ourselves is now under threat.’
    • ‘There is no need for police to direct our every act in order for us to enjoy ourselves.’
    • ‘Now, for the first time, we could find ourselves with too many applicants next year!’
    • ‘We can stuff ourselves stupid on the richest foods and blame it all on somebody else.’
    • ‘Try to explain that other people rarely notice the kind of detail we notice in ourselves.’
    • ‘We owe it to ourselves as much as we do to the people who died over the past few days to act that way.’
    • ‘We've spent a lot of the time with other people and less time with just ourselves.’
    • ‘We will pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and we'll be back stronger than ever.’
    • ‘The lasting effect is to compel us to reposition ourselves in relation to nature.’
    • ‘Because of the weather there were few people about so we had the place to ourselves.’
    • ‘Other people may demand definitions of who we are but to ourselves we are simply ourselves.’
    • ‘It emphasises how we have the ability to laugh at ourselves, rather than at each other.’
    • ‘We could make substantial savings if we all conduct ourselves in a proper manner.’
    • ‘We just want to get to the bottom of this, for the sake of other people as well as ourselves.’
    • ‘Conditions in the afternoon settled and we enjoyed having the wreck all to ourselves.’
    • ‘We can both laugh at and enjoy the simplicity of it without selling ourselves out.’
    • ‘There are a lot of guilty people in the situation we find ourselves in, anyone and everyone.’
    • ‘To admit to ourselves that we get angry with the people we depend on or that we are in fact alone can be far too painful.’
  • 2[emphatic] We or us personally (used to emphasize the speaker and one or more other people considered together):

    ‘we invented it ourselves’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We got a bit of bad advice, but we took it ourselves so we can't blame anybody else.’
    • ‘I thought the recipe in the book looked good and we shall have to have a go at it ourselves.’