Self meaning

sĕlf
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Self is defined as the total being of a person, awareness of the individual or qualities of the individual.

An example of a self is one person.

An example of self is the individuality of a person.

An example of self is a quality that one sibling has that the others don't have.

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Self is an informal word used to replace myself, himself, herself and yourself.

An example of self used as a pronoun is, "I will do the project with self and my brother."

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(botany) A seedling produced by self-pollination (plural selfs).
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One's own interests, welfare, or advantage.

Thinking of self alone.

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(immunology) That which the immune system identifies as belonging to the body.

Tissues no longer recognized as self.

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One's consciousness of one's own being or identity; the ego.
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Of the same material as the article with which it is used.

A dress with a self belt.

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(obsolete) Same or identical.
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An individual person as the object of his own reflective consciousness (plural selves).
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(botany) To fertilise by the same individual; to self-fertilise or self-pollinate.
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(botany) To fertilise by the same strain; to inbreed.
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Myself, yourself, himself, or herself.

A living wage for self and family.

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Being uniform or the same throughout.
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Of oneself or itself.

Self-love, self-restraint.

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By oneself or itself.

Self-acting.

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In, within, or inherent in oneself or itself.

Self-absorption, self-evident.

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The total, essential, or particular being of a person; the individual.
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One's consciousness of one's own being or identity; the ego.
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That which the immune system identifies as belonging to the body.
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(commercial or humorous) Myself.

I made out a cheque, payable to self, which cheered me up somewhat.

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The subject of one's own experience of phenomena: perception, emotions, thoughts...
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Of the same character throughout.
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To fertilize or pollinate itself. Used of hermaphroditic organisms.
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Oneself; itself.

Self-control.

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Automatic; automatically.

Self-loading.

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The identity, character, or essential qualities of any person or thing.
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To, for, or with oneself.

Self-addressed.

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Sir Walter Raleigh.

On these self hills.

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Dryden.

At that self moment enters Palamon.

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Of, by, in or with oneself or itself.
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The definition of self is of the same material or color.

An example of self used as an adjective is the phrase a "self scarf" which means a scarf made of the same material as the shirt.

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The essential qualities distinguishing one person from another; individuality.
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One's own person as distinct from all others.
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One's own welfare, interest, or advantage; selfishness.

Obsessed with self.

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(informal) Myself, himself, herself, or yourself.

Tickets for self and wife.

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Of the same kind, nature, color, material, etc. as the rest.

A self lining, self trim.

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Automatic.

Self-loading.

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Of the same kind, color, material, etc. as the rest.

Self-covered buttons on a plaid jacket.

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Used in forming intensive and reflexive forms of the singular personal pronouns.
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The total, essential, or particular being of a person; the individual.
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Origin of self

  • ME < OE < self: see self

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Middle English selfsame from Old English s(w)e- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English from self self self

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English self, silf, sulf, from Old English self, seolf, sylf (“same, self, very, own"), from Proto-Germanic *selbaz (“self"), from Proto-Indo-European *selbÊ°- (“one's own"), from Proto-Indo-European *s(w)e- (“separate, apart"). Cognate with Scots self (“self"), West Frisian self (“self"), Dutch zelf (“self"), Low German sulv (“self"), German selbst (“self"), Danish selv (“self"), Icelandic sjálfur (“self"). Possibly related to Albanian thelb (“core, center, heart").

    From Wiktionary

  • From self; compare Dutch -zelf.

    From Wiktionary

  • From the noun self.

    From Wiktionary