Main definitions of us in English

: us1US2


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  • 1first person plural Used by a speaker to refer to himself or herself and one or more other people as the object of a verb or preposition.

    Compare with we

    ‘let us know’
    • ‘we asked him to come with us’
    • ‘both of us’
    1. 1.1Used after the verb “to be” and after “than” or “as”
      ‘it's us or them’
      • ‘they are richer than us’
    2. 1.2North American informal To or for ourselves.
      • ‘we got us some good hunting’
  • 2 informal first person singular Me.

    • ‘give us a kiss’





Is it correct to say they are richer than us, or is it better to say they are richer than we (are)? See personal pronoun and than


    one of us
    • A person recognized as an accepted member of a particular group, typically one that is exclusive in some way.

      ‘you'll never be one of us’
      • ‘Surely this is what every one of us would want for future generations who are going to live, work and play in the town.’
      • ‘But it was no problem for one of us to pop down to a shop close by and buy some for ourselves.’
      • ‘When the first dolphin jumped out of the water I don't think there was a single one of us who didn't cry out.’
      • ‘Each one of us in our own small way has the potential to create positive change in others.’
      • ‘We all pay the price for our disastrous council, every single one of us who resides in this borough.’
      • ‘Living a good life and allowing others to do so is the good option available to each one of us.’
      • ‘Perhaps that means she's still one of us, or perhaps it means she has genuine star quality.’
      • ‘Then one of the teams on next was short a player, and asked us if one of us would play.’
      • ‘When Gary and I first trained together, one of us would be half a stride ahead of the other.’
      • ‘My youngest daughter was the only one of us who never found these visits difficult.’
    us and them
    • Expressing a sense of division within a group of people.

      ‘negotiations were hampered by an “us and them” attitude between management and unions’
      • ‘It immediately removes the sense of us and them, the bunker-like mentality which so often exists.’
      • ‘He misled the trust board, his management style was perceived as ‘autocratic,’ and he was part of the ‘club culture which fostered a sense of them and us.’’
      • ‘I'd tried so hard to unite us as a family and felt this was destroyed within an instant - it was us and them and they liked it that way.’
      • ‘‘In this campaign, we welcome people of faith: America is not us and them,’ he said.’
      • ‘Patriotism is just a name, a word dividing people, us and them.’
      • ‘It comes down to perceptions of us and them: hound and fox, north and south, haves and have nots, rural rights and rural wrongs, country and town.’
      • ‘If you can establish a correct working relationship, then it isn't a case of us and them.’
      • ‘In the 1995 debate on capital-gains tax cuts he said, ‘This week defines the difference between them and us.’’
      • ‘Perhaps it will always be them and us: players, managers and fans versus the ref, but for a change we hear the ref's perspective, thick of skin but quick of thought.’
      • ‘But society has moved on, and to some extent the church has moved on, and we are now living in a pluralist society where it's not just them and us.’


Old English ūs, accusative and dative of we, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ons and German uns.

Main definitions of US in English

: us1US2


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(also U.S.)
  • United States.

    ‘I hope to return to the US’
    • ‘the US embassy’



/ˌyo͞o ˈes/ /ˌju ˈɛs/