What does self mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word self.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. self, ego(noun)

    your consciousness of your own identity

  2. self(adj)

    a person considered as a unique individual

    "one's own self"

  3. self(adj)

    (used as a combining form) relating to--of or by or to or from or for--the self

    "self-knowledge"; "self-proclaimed"; "self-induced"


  1. self(Noun)

    An individual person as the object of his own reflective consciousness.

  2. self(Pronoun)

    Himself, herself, itself, themselves; that specific (person mentioned).

    This argument was put forward by the defendant self.

  3. self(Pronoun)


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

  4. self(Adjective)


  5. Origin: selbaz, whence also Old High German selb, Old Norse sjálfr

Webster Dictionary

  1. Self(adj)

    same; particular; very; identical

  2. Self(noun)

    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

  3. Self(noun)

    hence, personal interest, or love of private interest; selfishness; as, self is his whole aim

  4. Self(noun)

    personification; embodiment

  5. Origin: [AS. self, seolf, sylf; akin to OS. self, OFries. self, D. zelf, G. selb, selber, selbst, Dan. selv. Sw. sjelf, Icel. sjlfr, Goth. silba. Cf. Selvage.]


  1. Self

    Self is an American alternative pop/rock band from Murfreesboro, Tennessee and largely the brainchild of writer, singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Matt Mahaffey. The band currently consists of Chris James, Mac Burrus, and Jason Rawlings. Past members include Matt's brother, Mike Mahaffey and Timm Nobles. Matt Mahaffey is proficient in almost all of the instruments that Self uses and plays most of the instruments on the albums; the other members contribute occasional parts on albums and participate in live performances.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Self

    self, n. one's own person: one's personal interest: one's own personal interest, selfishness: a flower having its colour uniform as opposed to variegated:—pl. Selves (selvz).—adj. very: particular: one's own: simple, plain, unmixed with any other.—ns. Self′-aban′donment, disregard of self; Self′-abase′ment, abasement through consciousness of unworthiness.—adj. Self′-absorbed′, absorbed in one's own thoughts.—ns. Self′-abuse′, the abuse of one's own person or powers: self-pollution; Self′-accusā′tion, the act of accusing one's self.—adjs. Self′-accus′atory; Self′-act′ing, acting of, or by, itself, specially denoting a machine or mechanism which does of itself something that is ordinarily done by manual labour.—n. Self′-activ′ity, an inherent power of acting.—adj. Self′-adjust′ing, requiring no external adjustment.—n. Self′-admis′sion (Shak.), admission of one's self.—n.pl. Self′-affairs′ (Shak.), one's own affairs.—adjs. Self′-affect′ed (Shak.), affected well towards one's self; Self′-affright′ed (Shak.), frightened at one's self.—n. Self′-applause′, applause of one's self.—adjs. Self′-appoint′ed, nominated by one's self; Self′-approv′ing, implying approval of one's own conduct; Self′-assert′ing, given to asserting one's opinion: putting one's self forward.—n. Self′-asser′tion.—adj. Self′-assumed′, assumed by one's own act.—n. Self′-assump′tion, conceit.—adj. Self′-begot′ten, generated or originated by one's own powers.—n. Self′-bind′er, the automatic binding apparatus attached to some reaping-machines.—adj. Self′-blind′ed, led astray by one's self.—n. Self′-blood′ (obs.), direct progeny: suicide.—adj. Self′-born′, born or produced by one's self.—n. Self′-boun′ty (Shak.), native goodness.—adj. Self′-cen′tred, centred in self.—n. Self′-char′ity (Shak.), love of one's self.—adjs. Self′-clō′sing, shutting automatically; Self′-collect′ed, self-possessed: self-contained; Self′-col′oured, of the natural colour: dyed in the wool: coloured with a single tint: (hort.) uniform in colour.—ns. Self′-command′, self-control; Self′-complā′cency, satisfaction with one's self, or with one's own performances.—adj.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'self' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3110

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'self' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1449

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'self' in Nouns Frequency: #1162


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of self in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of self in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. David Cameron:

    The threat we face definitely includes those sort of self-starting, sometimes quite random attacks that could happen at any moment in Britain, people who are self-radicalized on the Internet who then suddenly do appalling things, that is much more difficult to prevent.

  2. G. I. Gurdjieff:

    Self-observation brings man to the realization of the necessity of self-change. And in observing himself a man notices that self-observation itself brings about certain changes in his inner processes. He begins to understand that self-observation is an instrument of self-change, a means of awakening.

  3. David Cameron:

    The increasing threat we face including from these so-called self-starting terrorists means that we should now go further in strengthening our capabilities, the Chancellor of the Exchequer will make an additional 130 million pounds available over the next two years including new funding to enhance our ability to monitor and disrupt these self-starting terrorists.

  4. Katia Bishops:

    Subliminal messages delivered by toys, clothes and accessories about gender-appropriate roles and behaviors, proper weight and all matters appearance are internalized, as are the less subtle ones delivered verbally and in writing, when they reach puberty, girls are self-conscious and more prone to self-criticism, so these message seeds finally find a fertile ground to grow in.

  5. Emeasoba George:

    Self-confidence/assurance is simply all about being on a firm ground i.e. self-confidence/assurance is all about being 100% assured/confident of your self/potential/skill/ability/belief. Now that infers, whoever that is not assured/confident of his/her potential/skill/ability/belief is never self-confident/assured. So, dare to be self-assured/confident if you've not been self-confident/assured.

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