Main definitions of us in English

: us1US2

us1

pronoun

  • 1Used by a speaker to refer to himself or herself and one or more other people as the object of a verb or preposition.

    ‘let us know’
    Compare with we
    ‘we asked him to come with us’
    ‘both of us’
    1. 1.1 Used after the verb “to be” and after “than” or “as”
      ‘it's us or them’
      ‘they are richer than us’
    2. 1.2North American informal To or for ourselves.
      ‘we got us some good hunting’
  • 2informal Me.

    ‘give us a kiss’

Usage

Is it correct to say they are richer than us, or is it better to say they are richer than we (are)? See personal pronoun and than

Phrases

  • one of us

    • A person recognized as an accepted member of a particular group, typically one that is exclusive in some way.

      • ‘Living a good life and allowing others to do so is the good option available to each one of us.’
      • ‘Each one of us in our own small way has the potential to create positive change in others.’
      • ‘When the first dolphin jumped out of the water I don't think there was a single one of us who didn't cry out.’
      • ‘Surely this is what every one of us would want for future generations who are going to live, work and play in the town.’
      • ‘We all pay the price for our disastrous council, every single one of us who resides in this borough.’
      • ‘But it was no problem for one of us to pop down to a shop close by and buy some for ourselves.’
      • ‘Perhaps that means she's still one of us, or perhaps it means she has genuine star quality.’
      • ‘Then one of the teams on next was short a player, and asked us if one of us would play.’
      • ‘My youngest daughter was the only one of us who never found these visits difficult.’
      • ‘When Gary and I first trained together, one of us would be half a stride ahead of the other.’
  • us and them (or them and us)

    • Expressing a sense of division within a group of people.

      ‘negotiations were hampered by an “us and them” attitude between management and unions’
      • ‘He misled the trust board, his management style was perceived as ‘autocratic,’ and he was part of the ‘club culture which fostered a sense of them and us.’’
      • ‘‘In this campaign, we welcome people of faith: America is not us and them,’ he said.’
      • ‘If you can establish a correct working relationship, then it isn't a case of us and them.’
      • ‘It comes down to perceptions of us and them: hound and fox, north and south, haves and have nots, rural rights and rural wrongs, country and town.’
      • ‘Perhaps it will always be them and us: players, managers and fans versus the ref, but for a change we hear the ref's perspective, thick of skin but quick of thought.’
      • ‘It immediately removes the sense of us and them, the bunker-like mentality which so often exists.’
      • ‘In the 1995 debate on capital-gains tax cuts he said, ‘This week defines the difference between them and us.’’
      • ‘I'd tried so hard to unite us as a family and felt this was destroyed within an instant - it was us and them and they liked it that way.’
      • ‘Patriotism is just a name, a word dividing people, us and them.’
      • ‘But society has moved on, and to some extent the church has moved on, and we are now living in a pluralist society where it's not just them and us.’

Origin

Old English ūs, accusative and dative of we, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ons and German uns.

Pronunciation

us

/əs//əs/

Main definitions of us in English

: us1US2

US2

  • 1United States.

  • 2British Undersecretary.

  • 3British informal Unserviceable; useless.

Pronunciation

US

/ˌyo͞o ˈes//ˌju ˈɛs/