From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishourselvesour‧selves /aʊəˈselvz $ aʊr-/ ●●●S1W3 pronoun 🔊 🔊 1PERSONALLY/YOURSELFused by the person speaking to show that they and one or more other people are affected by their own action 🔊 We prepared ourselves for the long journey ahead. 🔊 It was strange seeing ourselves on television.2EMPHASIZEa)used to emphasize ‘we’ or ‘us’ 🔊 We built the house ourselves. 🔊 As parents ourselves, we understand the problem.b)used after ‘as’, ‘like’, or ‘except’ instead of ‘us’ 🔊 More help is needed for people like ourselves.3 →(all) by ourselves4 →(all) to ourselves
Examples from the Corpus
ourselves• We started this businessourselves.• Sometimes it's hard for us to think of ourselves as adults.• We have to askourselves if we could have helped him more.• We ourselves were unaware of what was about to happen.