Meaning of YOURSELF in English


your ‧ self S1 W2 /jɔːˈself $ jɔːr-/ BrE AmE pronoun [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 something (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 something to yourself at KEEP TO (5), ⇨ keep yourself to yourself at KEEP TO (6)

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.