yourself


yourself
your|self
W2S1 [jo:ˈself US jo:r-] pron [reflexive form of 'you'] plural yourselves [-ˈselvz]
1.) used when talking to someone to show that they are affected by their own action
Look at yourself in the mirror.
Come and warm yourselves by the fire.
Have you hurt yourself?
Go and buy yourself an ice cream.
2.)
a) used to emphasize 'you'
If you don't trust me, you'd better go yourself.
You yourselves are the guilty ones.
It must be true. You told me so yourself.
b) used after 'like', 'as', or 'except' instead of 'you', especially to make what you are saying seem more formal or important
Most of our customers are people like yourself.
3.) (all) by yourself
a) alone
You can't go home by yourself in the dark.
b) without help from anyone
Do you think you can move the sofa by yourself?
4.) not seem/be/feel yourself informal
to not feel or behave as you usually do, for example because you are upset or ill
Are you all right? You don't seem yourself this morning.
5.) have sth (all) to yourself
if you have something to yourself, you do not have to share it with anyone else
I'm going out, so you'll have the place to yourself.
→↑do-it-yourself,keep sth to yourself at keep to(5), keep yourself to yourself at keep to(6)

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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