[ self ]
/ sɛlf /
noun, plural selves [selvz]. /sɛlvz/.
a person or thing referred to with respect to complete individuality: one's own self.
a person's nature, character, etc.: his better self.
- the ego; that which knows, remembers, desires, suffers, etc., as contrasted with that known, remembered, etc.
- the uniting principle, as a soul, underlying all subjective experience.
pronoun, plural selves.
myself, himself, herself, etc.: to make a check payable to self.
verb (used with or without object)
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Origin of self
before 900; Middle English; Old English self, selfa; cognate with Dutch zelf,German selb-,Old Norse sjalfr,Gothic silba
Definition for self (2 of 2)
a combining form of self and variously used with the meanings “of the self” (self-analysis) and “by oneself or itself” (self-appointed); and with the meanings “to, with, toward, for, on, in oneself” (self-complacent), “inherent in oneself or itself” (self-explanatory), “independent” (self-government), and “automatic” (self-operating).
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British Dictionary definitions for self (1 of 2)
/ (sɛlf) /
noun plural selves (sɛlvz)
the distinct individuality or identity of a person or thing
a person's usual or typical bodily make-up or personal characteristicsshe looked her old self again
good self or good selves rare a polite way of referring to or addressing a person (or persons), used following your, his, her, or their
one's own welfare or interestshe only thinks of self
an individual's consciousness of his own identity or being
the self philosophy that which is essential to an individual, esp the mind or soul in Cartesian metaphysics; the ego
a bird, animal, etc, that is a single colour throughout, esp a self-coloured pigeon
not standard myself, yourself, etcseats for self and wife
of the same colour or materiala dress with a self belt See also self-coloured
obsolete the same
Word Origin for self
Old English seolf; related to Old Norse sjālfr, Gothic silba, Old High German selb
British Dictionary definitions for self (2 of 2)
of oneself or itselfself-defence; self-rule
by, to, in, due to, for, or from the selfself-employed; self-inflicted; self-respect
automatic or automaticallyself-propelled
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Medical definitions for self
[ sĕlf ]
n. pl. selves (sĕlz)
The total, essential, or particular being of a person; the individual.
One's consciousness of one's own being or identity; the ego.
That which the immune system identifies as belonging to the body.
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