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 (yo͝or-sĕlvz′, yôr-, yər-)
1. Those ones identical with you:
a. Used reflexively as the direct or indirect object of a verb or as the object of a preposition: Help yourselves. Have yourselves a good time. You should all watch out for yourselves.
b. Used for emphasis: You should take care of the matter yourselves.
c. Used in an absolute construction: Yourselves having run the race, you four should receive the prize.
2. Your normal or healthy condition: Just relax and be yourselves. See Usage Note at myself.
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When you is the subject of a verb and refers to one person, you use yourself as the object of the verb or of a preposition in the clause to refer to the same person.

Are you feeding yourself properly?
You're making a fool of yourself.

When you refers to more than one person, you use yourselves as the object of the verb or preposition.

I hope you both behaved yourselves.
Are you looking after yourselves?

Yourself and yourselves are often used in imperative structures.

Control yourself.
Please help yourselves to another drink.

Yourself and yourselves can also be used to emphasize the subject of a clause.

You don't even know it yourself.
You must sort this out yourselves.

If you do something yourself, you do it without any help from anyone else.

Did you write this yourself?

When you are using you to refer to people in general, the reflexive form is yourself, not 'yourselves'.

If you find yourself in debt you must start dealing with it immediately.
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[jəˈselvz] PRON
1. (reflexive)
1.1. (familiar) → os (Sp), se (LAm)
did you enjoy yourselves?¿os divertisteis?, ¿se divirtieron? (LAm)
help yourselves to vegetablesservíos las verduras
1.2. (formal) → se
help yourselves to vegetablessírvanse las verduras
2. (after prep, for emphasis)
2.1. (familiar) → vosotros/as mismos/as, ustedes mismos/as (LAm)
you'll have to pay for taxis yourselvesvosotros mismos tendréis que pagar los taxis
2.2. (formal) → ustedes mismos/as
you'll have to pay for taxis yourselvesustedes mismos tendrán que pagar los taxis
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[ˈjɔːrsɛlvz jʊərˈsɛlvz] pron pl
Did you enjoy yourselves? → Vous vous êtes bien amusés?
Buy yourselves something nice → Achetez-vous quelque chose de bon.
(after preposition)vous
Be honest with yourselves
BUT Soyez honnêtes avec vous-mêmes.
by yourselves (= without help) → par vous mêmes (= without company) → tout(es) seuls(seules)
Did you make it yourselves? → Vous l'avez fait vous-mêmes?
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


أَنْفُسِكُم sami jer selv ihr selbst εσείς οι ίδιοι os, ustedes mismos te itse vous-mêmes sebe voi stessi あなた方自身 여러분 자신 jezelf dere selv siebie vocês mesmos себя er själva ตัวท่านเอง kendinizi chính các bạn 你们自己
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009
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All ye to whom rough labour is dear, and the rapid, new, and strange--ye put up with yourselves badly; your diligence is flight, and the will to self-forgetfulness.
If ye believed more in life, then would ye devote yourselves less to the momentary.
"My children," said the Oldest and Wisest Ape in All the World, when he had heard the Deputation, "you did right in ridding yourselves of tyranny, but your tribe is not sufficiently advanced to dispense with the forms of monarchy.
Some days ago I became acquainted with your misfortune and the cause which impels you to take up arms again and again to revenge yourselves upon your enemies; and having many times thought over your business in my mind, I find that, according to the laws of combat, you are mistaken in holding yourselves insulted; for a private individual cannot insult an entire community; unless it be by defying it collectively as a traitor, because he cannot tell who in particular is guilty of the treason for which he defies it.
Don Quixote stopped to take breath, and, observing that silence was still preserved, had a mind to continue his discourse, and would have done so had not Sancho interposed with his smartness; for he, seeing his master pause, took the lead, saying, "My lord Don Quixote of La Mancha, who once was called the Knight of the Rueful Countenance, but now is called the Knight of the Lions, is a gentleman of great discretion who knows Latin and his mother tongue like a bachelor, and in everything that he deals with or advises proceeds like a good soldier, and has all the laws and ordinances of what they call combat at his fingers' ends; so you have nothing to do but to let yourselves be guided by what he says, and on my head be it if it is wrong.
"But don't think yourselves in a better position than you are.
"Along the wall, sir," said Mazarin, "there will be no danger of losing yourselves."
Indeed, the wishes of my little correspondents have been considered as carefully as possible, and if the story is not exactly as you would have written it yourselves, you must remember that a story has to be a story before it can be written down, and the writer cannot change it much without spoiling it.
You boys can go there for a general wash-up, rig yourselves up without saying anything, and then meander back careless and easy in your store clothes, just as the stage is coming in, sabe?"
for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
'But you must put yourselves in front of me, so that no one can see.'
"I have received from his Excellency Governor Lawrence, the King's Commission, which I have in my hand; and by his orders you are convened together to manifest to you, his Majesty's final resolution to the French inhabitants of this his Province of Nova-Scotia; who, for almost half a century, have had more indulgence granted them than any of his subjects in any part of his dominions; what use you have made of it you yourselves best know.