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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

Other definitions for self (2 of 2)

self-

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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How to use self in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for self (1 of 2)

self
/ (sɛlf) /

noun plural selves (sɛlvz)
pronoun
not standard myself, yourself, etcseats for self and wife
adjective
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)

self-

combining form
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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