Pronunciation: (är-self', ouur-, ou"ur-),[key] —pron. 1. one's own person, individuality, etc., considered as private and apart from others: It is for ourself that we should strive for greater knowledge. 2. (a form corresponding to ourselves, used of a single person, esp. in the regal or formal style, as we for I): We have taken unto ourself such powers as may be necessary.