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Definitions of self

  1. a person considered as a unique individual; "one's own self" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Hence, personal interest, or love of private interest; selfishness; as, self is his whole aim. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Personification; embodiment. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. One's own person or character; personality; one's own private interest; as, a person who lives for self is unhappy. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. One's own person: one's personal interest: selfishness: a flower or blossom of a uniform color, especially one without an edging or border distinct from the ground color:-pl. SELVES (selvz). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. One's own person or interest; selfishness. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. An individual considered as the subject of his own consciousness; a distinct personality. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. Personal advantage or gain. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. One's own person; personal interest; selfishness. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. combining form; oneself or itself; "self-control" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. Having its own or a single nature or character, as in color, composition, etc., without addition or change; unmixed; as, a self bow, one made from a single piece of wood; self flower or plant, one which is wholly of one color; self-colored. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. The individual as the object of his own reflective consciousness; the man viewed by his own cognition as the subject of all his mental phenomena, the agent in his own activities, the subject of his own feelings, and the possessor of capacities and character; a person as a distinct individual; a being regarded as having personality. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Same or very: used in composition, as in selfsame. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. Self is the first element in innumerable compounds, generally of obvious meaning, in most of which it denotes either the agent or the object of the action expressed by the word with which it is joined, or the person on behalf of whom it is performed, or the person or thing to, for, or towards whom or which a quality, attribute, or feeling expressed by the following word, belongs, is directed, or is exerted, or from which it proceeds; or it denotes the subject of, or object affected by, such action, quality, attribute, feeling, and the like. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. Same; particular; identical. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Very; particular; same; united by present usage to certain personal pronouns and pronominal adjectives to express emphasis or distinction, as myself, himself, &c. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for self

  1. He is quite different when he is his own self only nobody can understand. – Chantry House by Charlotte M. Yonge
  2. I think so,- for your real self – The Fighting Chance by Robert W. Chambers
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