ourselves


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our·selves

 (our-sĕlvz′, är-)
pron.
1. Those ones identical with us.
a. Used reflexively as the direct or indirect object of a verb or the object of a preposition: We bought ourselves an espresso machine.
b. Used for emphasis: We ourselves were certain of the facts.
c. Used in an absolute construction: Feeling chilly ourselves, we moved the party indoors.
2. Our normal or healthy condition or state: We're feeling ourselves again after our bout with the flu. See Usage Note at myself.

ourselves

(aʊəˈsɛlvz)
pron
1.
a. the reflexive form of we or us
b. (intensifier): we ourselves will finish it.
2. (preceded by a copula) our usual selves: we are ourselves when we're together.
3. not standard used instead of we or us in compound noun phrases: other people and ourselves.

our•selves

(ɑrˈsɛlvz, aʊər-, ˌaʊ ər-)

pron.pl.
1. a reflexive form of we (used as the direct or indirect object of a verb or the direct object of a preposition): We may be deceiving ourselves.
2. (used as an intensive with we): We ourselves would never say such a thing.
3. (used in place of we or us in various compound and comparative constructions): The children and ourselves want to thank you. No one is more fortunate than ourselves.
4. (used in absolute constructions): Ourselves too poor to help, we were forced to turn them away.
5. our customary, normal, or healthy selves.
[1300–50]
usage: See myself.
Translations
أَنْفُسُناأنْفُسَناأنْفُسُنَاأنفُسُنا: للتَّوْكيدبِأنْفُسِنا
samise
os selvselv
itseme itse
sami samcatisebi samima
magunkatmi magunk
okkursjálfirsjálfir, hjálparlaust
私たち自身私達だけで
우리 자신
my sami
oss självasjälva
ด้วยตัวเราเองตัวเรา
kendimizkendimizebizkendi başımıza
bản thân chúng tôichính chúng tôi

ourselves

[ˌaʊəˈselvz] PERS PRON
1. (reflexive) → nos
we couldn't see ourselves in the photono podíamos vernos en la foto
we really enjoyed ourselvesnos divertimos mucho
2. (emphatic) → nosotros/as (mismos/as); (after prep) → nosotros/as (mismos/as)
we built our garage ourselvesnos construimos el garaje nosotros mismos
we went ourselvesfuimos en persona
let's not talk about ourselves any moreno hablemos más de nosotros (mismos)
we said to ourselvesnos dijimos
3. (phrases)
we were talking among ourselveshablábamos entre nosotros
by ourselvessolos/as
we prefer to be by ourselvespreferimos estar solos
we did it (all) by ourselveslo hicimos nosotros mismos

ourselves

[aʊərˈsɛlvz] pron pl
(reflexive)nous
We really enjoyed ourselves → Nous nous sommes vraiment bien amusés.
(after preposition)nous
(emphatic)nous-mêmes
We built our garage ourselves → Nous avons construit notre garage nous-mêmes.
all by ourselves → tout seuls
we did it all by ourselves → nous avons fait ça tout seuls

ourselves

pers pron (dir, indir obj +prep) → uns; (emph)selbst ? also myself

ourselves

[ˌaʊəˈsɛlvz] pers pron (reflexive) → ci; (emphatic, after preposition) → noi stessi/e
we did it (all) by ourselves → l'abbiamo fatto (tutto) da soli
see also oneself

our

(auə) adjective
belonging to us. This is our house.
ours (auəz) pronoun
the one(s) belonging to us. The house is ours.
ourˈselves pronoun
1. used as the object of a verb when the person speaking and other people are the object of an action etc they perform. We saw ourselves in the mirror.
2. used to emphasize we, ~us or the names of the speaker and other people performing an action etc. We ourselves played no part in this.
3. without help etc. We'll just have to finish the job ourselves.

ourselves

أَنْفُسُنا, أنْفُسُنَا sami, se os selv, selv selbst, uns εμείς οι ίδιοι, οι ίδιοι nos, nosotros mismos itse, me itse nous-mêmes sami samcati, sebi samima noi stessi 私たち自身, 私達だけで 우리 자신 onszelf, zelf oss (selv), oss selv samemu, siebie nós mesmos сами, себя oss själva, själva ด้วยตัวเราเอง, ตัวเรา biz, kendimiz bản thân chúng tôi, chính chúng tôi 我们自己, 自己
References in classic literature ?
For though we do have to work, we make fun of ourselves, and are a pretty jolly set, as Jo would say.
He is well acquainted with this part of the jungle, having lived here all his life, and he offers to guide us to a place where we can get mules to transport ourselves and our baggage to Copan.
After breakfast grandmother and Jake and I bundled ourselves up and climbed into the cold front wagon-seat.
As we believe this to be an appropriation of the name that has its origin with ourselves, the time has arrived, perhaps, when the fact should be frankly admitted.
We proceeded successfully, and after a long and fatiguing journey through a mountainous wilderness, in a westward direction, on the seventh day of June following, we found ourselves on Red-River, where John Finley had formerly been trading with the Indians, and, from the top of an eminence, saw with pleasure the beautiful level of Kentucke.
Or throw ourselves into those new clothes, so as to be ready," added the younger Kearney, looking down at his ragged trousers.
And we must be dead ourselves before we can begin to have our proper influence on our own world, which will then be no longer our world, but the world of another generation, with which we shall have no shadow of a right to interfere.
said Hester, looking about her from the spot where Pearl had stood still in the sunshine -- "we will sit down a little way within the wood, and rest ourselves.
There had been, this evening, after the revelation left me, for an hour, so prostrate--there had been, for either of us, no attendance on any service but a little service of tears and vows, of prayers and promises, a climax to the series of mutual challenges and pledges that had straightway ensued on our retreating together to the schoolroom and shutting ourselves up there to have everything out.
But that same image, we ourselves see in all rivers and oceans.
We all know what an astonishing atmospheric weight we ourselves stand up under; even here, above-ground, in the air; how vast, then, the burden of a whale, bearing on his back a column of two hundred fathoms of ocean
We both felt in ourselves that we were not what we had been.