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Meaning of “ourselves” in the English Dictionary

"ourselves" in British English

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ourselvespronoun

uk   /ˌaʊəˈselvz/ /ˌɑː-/  us   /ˌaʊɚ-/
A2 used when the ​subject of the ​verb is "we" or the ​speaker and one or more ​others, and the ​object is the same ​group of ​people: We went to get ourselves something to ​eat. John and I ​promised ourselves a good ​holiday this ​year. formal used to ​emphasize the ​subject "we": We ourselves ​realize that there are ​flaws in the ​plan.(all) by ourselves alone or without ​help from anyone ​else: We were all by ourselves in the ​restaurant. Nobody ​wanted to come with us, so we went by ourselves. We couldn't do all the ​work by ourselves.(all) to ourselves for ​our use only: The ​hotel was very ​quiet so we had the ​swimmingpool all to ourselves .

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(Definition of ourselves from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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ourselvespronoun [pl]

 us   /ɑʊərˈselvz, ɑr-/
the ​personspeaking and one or more ​others; the ​reflexiveform of we: We ​promised ourselves a ​longvacation this ​year. It’s a ​biggarden, but we do the ​gardening by ourselves (= without ​help). Everyone ​else is ​busy, so we’ll have to go all by ourselves (= without other ​people). We had the ​swimmingpool all to ourselves (= we did not have to ​share it).
(Definition of ourselves from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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