Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • pro. Used as the direct object of a verb: She saw us on the subway.
  • pro. Used as the indirect object of a verb: They offered us free tickets to the show.
  • pro. Used as the object of a preposition: This letter is addressed to us.
  • pro. Informal Used as a predicate nominative: It's us. See Usage Note at we.
  • pro. Nonstandard Used reflexively as the indirect object of a verb: We decided to get us another car. See Note at me.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • pro. me and at least one other person; the objective case of we.
  • pro. me
  • The speakers/writers, or the speaker/writer and at least one other person.
  • n. Alternative spelling of µs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pro. The persons speaking, regarded as an object; ourselves; -- the objective case of we. See we.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The objective case of we.
  • n. An old spelling of use.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English ūs.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English us, from Old English ūs ("us", dative personal pronoun), from Proto-Germanic *uns (“us”), from Proto-Indo-European *ne-, *nō-, *n-ge-, *n-sme- (“us”). Cognate with West Frisian us, ús ("us"), Low German us ("us"), Dutch ons ("us"), German uns ("us"), Danish os ("us"), Latin nōs ("we, us"). (Wiktionary)
Derived from the similarity between the letter u and the Greek letter µ. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Diary Entry by Alan MacDonald (about the author) yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Let\'s use the Health Care bill as an Obama "teaching moment"'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Let\'s use the Health Care bill as an Obama \'teaching moment\' --- not him \'teaching us\ 'but us \'teaching him\'! '

    OpEdNews - Diary: Let's use the Health Care bill as an Obama "teaching moment"

  • Think something along the lines of ¨you don't love us anymore¨ or ¨you´ve forgotten about us¨ or any other number of guilt-inducing jabs.

    What a month…

  • Let us not allow depression to govern * us* as it does the rest of the masses.

    Time To Call Your Congressional Reps to Demand Hearings on Police Abuse of Journalists

  • What the vanishing bees are telling us is the same thing the vanishing field birds are telling us~ we are at a critical ecologicalthresholdin our evolution and unless we take dramatic steps to change our life threatening habits&excesses and, instead, embrace ourinterconnection with nature~ theecosystem will collapse and the human being as a species willeventuallygo the way of the vanishing bees.

    WHAT THE VANISHING BEES ARE TELLING US

  • The ones that you want to use to describe me, or bean; use to create a new identity for *us* because your politics insist that refering to us as women, as female, is somehow disenfranchising to someone else?

    Language around trans, how it works, how it doesn’t…

  • Rather than learn from us or work with us, they seek to destroy us…

    Printing: Islamophobia

  • They will trade with us, they will teach us— and you all know they have much to teach—and they will come to our aid in times of trouble.

    The Last of the Wilds

  • When asked in an interview in 2002 what a ‘proper response’ for the US to 9-11 would be, the renowned political philosopher and activist, Noam Chomsky, answered that “whatever answer one gives, it should at least satisfy the most elementary moral truism that I can think of, namely that if some act is right for us, it is right for others; if it's wrong for others, it's wrong for us”.

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: An Elementary Moral Truism

  • He is “for us,” with all the infinity of his being; with all the omnipotence of his love; with all the infallibility of his wisdom; arrayed in all his divine attributes, he is “for us,”eternally and immutably “for us”; “for us” when yon blue skies shall be rolled up like a worn out vesture; “for us” throughout eternity.

    God is for me - BatesLine

  • In Jewish practice, when you first taste a new kind of fruit or vegetable, or taste it again for the first time in a new season, the blessing “Shehekheyonu ve kiyemonu” “who has kept us alive and sustained us” expresses thanksgiving for having remained alive to experience this time.

    languagehat.com: IN MOYL ARAYN.

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  • A synonym for our in Yorkshire.

    August 24, 2009