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English definition of “yourself”

yourself

pronoun uk   strong /jɔːˈself/ us    /jʊr-/ weak /jə-/  /jɚ-/ (plural yourselves)

yourself pronoun (PERSON/PEOPLE ADDRESSED)

A2 used when the subject of the verb is 'you' or the person being spoken to, and the object is the same person: Be careful with that knife or you'll cut yourself! Katie, control yourself! A2 used for emphasis when the subject is 'you': Did you make the dress yourself? You can do that yourself. be yourself to behave in your usual manner, rather than behaving in a way you think other people might like: The best thing you can do is to go into the interview and just be yourself. (all) by yourself A2 alone or without help from anyone else: I'm amazed you managed to move those boxes all by yourself. Do you like being by yourself sometimes or do you get lonely? (all) to yourself for your use only: So you've got the whole house to yourself this weekend? not be/seem/feel yourself not to be, seem, or feel as happy or healthy as usual: Why don't you go home early if you're not feeling yourself? in yourself UK informal used when asking someone about their state of mind when they are physically ill: I know you must still be uncomfortable, but how are you in yourself?

yourself pronoun (PEOPLE GENERALLY)

B2 used when both the subject and object of the verb are 'you' and 'you' is also being used to refer to people generally: You tell yourself everything's all right but you know it's not really.
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