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Meaning of “yourself” in the English Dictionary

"yourself" in British English

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yourselfpronoun

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 ​yourusualmanner, ​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 have the ​wholehouse 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 ​theirstate of ​mind when they are ​physicallyill: I ​know you must still be ​uncomfortable, but how are you in yourself?

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  • 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 ​peoplegenerally: You ​tell yourself everything's all ​right but you ​know it's not really.

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

"yourself" in American English

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yourselfpronoun

 us   /jərˈself/ (plural yourselves  /jərˈselvz/ )
the ​person or ​people being ​spoken to; the ​reflexiveform of you: Be ​careful with that ​knife or you’ll ​cut yourself. Yourself is sometimes used to ​emphasize the ​subject of the ​sentence: Did you ​girlsactuallyraise this ​money yourselves?(all) by yourself If you do something (all) by yourself, you do it ​alone or without ​help from anyone: You’re ​old enough to take the ​bus by yourself, aren’t you, Joyce?(all) to yourself If you have something (all) to yourself, you have it for ​your use only: Now that Neil and ​Sam are away, you’ve got the ​wholehouse to yourself.
(Definition of yourself from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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