Definitions for selfsɛlf

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

selfsɛlf(n. and pron.; adj.)(pl.)selves

  1. (n.)a person or thing referred to with respect to complete individuality:

    one's own self.

  2. a person's nature, character, etc.:

    his better self.

  3. personal interest.

  4. Philos. the subject of experience as contrasted with the object of experience; ego.

    Category: Philosphy

  5. any of the natural constituents of the body that are normally not subject to attack by components of the immune system.

    Category: Bacteriology and Immunology, Microbiology, Immunology

  6. (pron.)myself, herself, etc.:

    to make a check payable to self.

  7. (adj.)being the same throughout; uniform.

  8. being of one piece with or the same material as the rest.

    Category: Clothing

  9. Obs. same.

Origin of self:

bef. 900; OE self, selfa, c. OFris, OS self, OHG selb, ON sjalfr, Go silba


  1. a combining form of self , appearing in various parts of speech, usu. with the implied notion that the agent and object or recipient of a given transitive predicate are identical (self-control; self-government; self-help; self-portrait), or that the subject of a given predicate acts or is effective without assistance (self-adhesive; self-loading; self-study).

    Category: Affix

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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. self(noun)ɛlf

    your personality, background, skills, etc. that make who you are

    the child's strong sense of self


  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


  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.

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

Anagrams of self

  1. LSFE

Translations for self

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person's own body and personality.

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