Definition of ourself in English:



first person plural
  • 1Used instead of “ourselves,” typically when “we” refers to people in general rather than a definite group of people.

    reflexive ‘we must choose which aspects of ourself to express to the world’
    • ‘this is our affair—we deal with it ourself’
    • ‘We have resigned ourself to the hand that geography and history has dealt our people.’
    • ‘So, we could really have sold our shrimp boat last year and we built it ourself and it was kind of hard to do so we kept it.’
    • ‘We go to highschool and struggle through years of trying to be accepted, trying to impress people, wanting to be with the right crowds and do the right things, trying to make a name for ourself.’
    • ‘It happened that after two years of us being there, we found ourself in the right time at the right place.’
    • ‘We have to make sure the fundamental due protections are given in order for us to, number one, to be true to ourself, but number two, we want to get our hands on others through extradition.’
    • ‘But here again, Lou, I hope that if that passes, that we don't pat ourself on the back and say we've fixed the problem, because clearly we have not.’
    • ‘We are going to restrict ourself to the crimes.’
    • ‘And I'm saying, we've got to start testing that and asking ourself, is that true or is it just something we're telling ourselves?’
    • ‘Well, I guess the situation that we find ourself in now is not necessarily the situation I'm going to find myself in when retirement comes.’
    • ‘We have rights to defend ourself and our people.’
    • ‘We can change our moods ourself if we believe it.’
    • ‘And then we had convinced ourself we can do a family show.’
    • ‘We pretty much have this helicopter all to ourself.’
    • ‘And yet, despite that fact, we still find ourself on a fiscal trajectory that is probably unsustainable.’
    • ‘First of all it's Ohio this time - and more importantly, we've got ourself a Senator with some backbone.’
    • ‘He enabled us to believe in ourself as smart people who could defend our opinions, and gave us the conviction that our opinions were worth defending.’
    • ‘I made the case why we shouldn't have to pay as much as we are paying, and that the part of the problem we can solve ourself we are solving.’
    • ‘That's who we have to price ourself against in Europe.’
    • ‘He's driven by principles and values and his duty as he sees it under our Constitution to protect ourself.’
    • ‘I think we've got to be engaged ourself in the process, not just turn it over to the Europeans to do.’
  • 2 archaic Used instead of “myself” by a sovereign or other person in authority.



/ou(ə)rˈself/ /aʊ(ə)rˈsɛlf/ /ärˈself/ /ɑrˈsɛlf/


The standard reflexive form corresponding to we and us is ourselves, as in we can blame only ourselves. The singular form ourself, first recorded in the 14th century, is sometimes used in modern English, typically where we refers to people in general. This use, though logical, is uncommon and not widely accepted in standard English. See also themself and they