What does Ego mean?

Definitions for Ego
ˈi goʊ, ˈɛg oʊego

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ego, egotism, self-importancenoun

    an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others

  2. self, egonoun

    your consciousness of your own identity

  3. egonoun

    (psychoanalysis) the conscious mind


  1. egonoun

    (Psychoanalysis) that one of the three parts of a person's psychic apparatus that mediates consciously between the drives of the id and the realities of the external physical and social environment, by integrating perceptions of the external world and organizing the reactions to it. Contrasted with the id and superego.

  2. egonoun

    egotism; as, a job requiring a diplomat without too much ego.

  3. egonoun

    self-esteem; as, he has an overinflated ego.

  4. egonoun

    The conscious and permanent subject of all psychical experiences, whether held to be directly known or the product of reflective thought; the subject consciously considered as


  1. egonoun

    the self, especially with a sense of self-importance

  2. egonoun

    the most central part of the mind, which mediates with one's surroundings

  3. Etymology: From ego. Chosen by Freud’s translator as a translation of his use of German Ich as a noun for this concept from the pronoun ich.


  1. Ego

    Ego is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for the deluxe edition of her third studio album, I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008). The song was composed by Elvis Williams, Harold Lilly, and Beyoncé. "Ego" was officially remixed with additional vocals from hip hop artist, Kanye West. Initially planned to be released in January 2009 as the second urban single in the US along with the fourth US and third international single "Halo", the release of "Ego" was canceled and replaced by "Diva". "Ego" was later serviced as the third urban single, and fifth overall single in the US on May 19, 2009 alongside the sixth US and fourth international single "Sweet Dreams". "Ego" was originally written for singer Chrisette Michele, who turned it down. It was eventually proposed to Beyoncé who used it for the deluxe edition of I Am... Sasha Fierce. In the song, Beyoncé sings about her love for the "huge ego" of her love interest. "Ego" was generally well received by music critics, many of whom praised the fact that Beyoncé opted to show some of her vocal limitations in a part of the song. Critics also noted that "Ego" could even have been placed in either disc of I Am.. Sasha Fierce as it combines elements of both sides of Beyoncé's split musical personality. The remix version of "Ego" was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 52nd Grammy Awards.


  1. ego

    Ego is a term used in psychology to refer to the aspect of an individual's self-concept that they view as their "self" or "I". It operates based on reality, balancing primitive desires and societal norms, and is primarily responsible for one's feelings, thoughts, and perceptions. In a broader context, ego can also refer to a person's sense of self-esteem or self-importance, which can sometimes be perceived as self-centeredness or conceit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Egonoun

    the conscious and permanent subject of all psychical experiences, whether held to be directly known or the product of reflective thought; -- opposed to non-ego

  2. Etymology: [L., I.]


  1. Ego

    In spirituality, and especially nondual, mystical, and eastern meditative traditions, individual existence is often described as a kind of illusion. This "sense of doership" or sense of individual existence is that part which believes it is the human being, and believes it must fight for itself in the world, is ultimately unaware and unconscious of its own true nature. The ego is often associated with mind and the sense of time, which compulsively thinks in order to be assured of its future existence, rather than simply knowing its own self and the present. The spiritual goal of many traditions involves the dissolving of the ego, allowing self-knowledge of one's own true nature to become experienced and enacted in the world. This is variously known as Enlightenment, Nirvana, Fana, Presence, and the "Here and Now". Eckhart Tolle comments that, to the extent that the ego is present in an individual, that individual is somewhat insane psychologically, in reference to the ego's nature as compulsively hyper-active and compulsively self-centered. However, since this is the norm, it goes unrecognised as the source of much that could be classified as insane behavior in everyday life. In South Asian traditions, the state of being trapped in the illusory belief that one is the ego is known as maya or samsara.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ego

    ē′gō, n. the 'I,' that which is conscious and thinks.—ns. E′gōism (phil.), the doctrine that we have proof of nothing but our own existence: (ethics), the theory of self-interest as the principle of morality: selfishness; E′gōist, one who holds the doctrine of egoism: one who thinks and speaks too much of himself.—adjs. Egōist′ic, -al, pertaining to or manifesting egoism.—ns. Egō′ity, the essential element of the ego; E′gōtheism, the deification of self.—v.i. E′gotise, to talk much of one's self.—ns. E′gotism, a frequent use of the pronoun I: speaking much of one's self: self-exaltation; E′gotist, one full of egotism.—adjs. Egotist′ic, -al, showing egotism: self-important: conceited.—adv. Egotist′ically. [L. ego, I.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Ego

    and Non-Ego (i. e. I and Not-I, or Self and Not-Self), are terms used in philosophy to denote respectively the subjective and the objective in cognition, what is from self and what is from the external to self, what is merely individual and what is universal.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Ego

    The conscious portion of the personality structure which serves to mediate between the demands of the primitive instinctual drives, (the id), of internalized parental and social prohibitions or the conscience, (the superego), and of reality.

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  1. EGO

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. EGO

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ego is ranked #89403 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Ego surname appeared 207 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Ego.

    73.4% or 152 total occurrences were White.
    15.9% or 33 total occurrences were Asian.
    4.3% or 9 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3.3% or 7 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.9% or 6 total occurrences were Black.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Ego' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3047

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Ego' in Nouns Frequency: #2943

Anagrams for Ego »

  1. Geo.

  2. goe

  3. geo

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ego in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ego in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Ego in a Sentence

  1. Andreas Simic:

    Never let your ego get in the way of a good thing.

  2. Mickey Mehta:

    Every human is a God in seed form waiting for it's flowering, but not letting it blossom impeded by his own ego, he remains earthly. So annihilate your ego and evolve to divinity MickeyMizing your life. Share this for conversion of angels from humans and let us all know only bliss :)

  3. Northrop Frye:

    The pursuit of beauty is much more dangerous nonsense than the pursuit of truth or goodness, because it affords a stronger temptation to the ego.

  4. Boris Johnson:

    Putin is squandering his dwindling resources on this pointless and barbaric war. He is bankrolling his ego at the expense of both the Ukrainian and Russian people, we need to starve the Putin regime of its funding.

  5. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi:

    Many could forgo heavy meals, a full wardrobe, a fine house, et cetera it is the ego they cannot forgo.

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