Meaning of “yourself” - Learner’s Dictionary


pronoun us uk /jɔːˈself/ plural yourselves

A2 the reflexive form of the pronoun 'you':

Don't cut yourself with that sharp knife.

More examples

  • Don't try to cook lunch by yourself - you'll only mess it up.
  • You shouldn't be so hard on yourself.
  • You have to learn to discipline yourself.
  • You've got to ask yourself whether it's what you really want.
  • You're making things difficult for yourself.

B2 used to emphasize the pronoun 'you' when talking about the actions of the person you are speaking to:

Did you make the dress yourself?
(all) by yourself/yourselves

A2 alone or without anyone else's help:

I'm amazed you managed to move those boxes all by yourself.
(all) to yourself

for your use only:

So you've got the whole house to yourself this weekend?

(Definition of “yourself” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)