Definitions for self-

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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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. self-(prefix)ɛlf

    done by yourself, itself, etc.

    a self-starting machine; self-motivating


  1. self-(Prefix)

    of, by, in or with oneself or itself

  2. self-(Prefix)


  3. Origin: From the noun self.

Translations for self-

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


showing that the person or thing acting is acting upon himself or itself, as in self-respect .

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