Definition of yourself in English:

yourself

pronoun

  • 1[reflexive] Used to refer to the person being addressed as the object of a verb or preposition when they are also the subject of the clause.

    ‘help yourselves, boys’
    ‘see for yourself’
    • ‘So I can't possibly tell you, which means you'll have to check it out for yourselves.’
    • ‘I suggest you stand back and take a good hard look at yourselves.’
    • ‘Make yourselves at home, grab a beanbag, you'll find hot chocolate supplies in the cupboard.’
    • ‘The twist in the end makes the film and I'll let you see it for yourselves.’
    • ‘This is what happens when you try to portray yourselves as whiter than white (excuse the pun).’
    • ‘I hope you enjoy yourselves immensely at the roast and say plenty of mean things about me.’
    • ‘While marvelling at your good fortune, treat yourselves to an exquisite dinner at The Music Room restaurant.’
    • ‘It is not an offence for anyone to hold a view contrary to your own, however politically correct you may consider yourselves to be.’
    • ‘So, to the people of Basingstoke, and all who came along and supported the event - give yourselves a big pat on the back.’
    • ‘Better reward yourselves with spa baths, massages, nice food and retail treats.’
    • ‘He added: " You allowed yourselves to be dragged into a situation you could and should have avoided.’
    • ‘If you could please refer yourselves to the summons on page 22 of the application book.’
    • ‘If you all behave yourselves while we're away, I might bring you back something.’
    • ‘Please do yourselves a favour, as well as supporting our local producers, and get along to the market.’
    • ‘You must look corruption in the eyes and fight if you ever want to better yourselves and give your children a chance.’
    • ‘Instead of feeling sorry for yourselves and blaming everybody else, ask what you as a business community can do to help the area.’
    • ‘The dancers are competent but seemed rather stiff it's panto girls and boys, let yourselves go!’
    • ‘Brace yourselves, sofa spuds, for a one-off documentary called When Celebrities Strip.’
    • ‘If you don't believe in the Resurrection, don't call yourselves Christian.’
    • ‘I'll let you decide for yourselves if I'm really quite as criminal, mean and stupid as Troy seems to think.’
  • 2[emphatic] You personally (used to emphasize the person being addressed)

    ‘you're going to have to do it yourself’
    • ‘You have to show yourselves as people with open minds, receptive to the ideas of independent voices in the boardroom.’
    • ‘It has certainly been a very big thing for Navy because of the achievements of people such as yourselves.’
    • ‘Mr Mahroof, I am particularly interested in how people like yourselves get onto the front row.’
    • ‘People such as yourselves ought to have the right to vote revoked immediately!’

Phrases

  • (not) be yourself

    • see be oneself, not be oneself at be
  • by yourself

  • how's yourself?

    • informal How are you? (used especially after answering a similar inquiry)

      • ‘How's the family and how's yourself?’

Pronunciation:

yourself

/yərˈself/