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ourselves

pronoun 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: Nobody wanted to come with us, so we went by ourselves. It's a big garden, but we do all the gardening by ourselves.(all) to ourselves for our use only: The hotel was very quiet so we had the swimming pool all to ourselves .
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