|—n , pl selves|
|1.||the distinct individuality or identity of a person or thing|
|2.||a person's usual or typical bodily make-up or personal characteristics: she looked her old self again|
|3.||rare good self, good selves a polite way of referring to or addressing a person (or persons), used following your, his, her, or their|
|4.||one's own welfare or interests: he only thinks of self|
|5.||an individual's consciousness of his own identity or being|
|6.||philosophy the self that which is essential to an individual, esp the mind or soul in Cartesian metaphysics; the ego|
|7.||a bird, animal, etc, that is a single colour throughout, esp a self-coloured pigeon|
|8.||not standard myself, yourself, etc: seats for self and wife|
|9.||See also self-coloured of the same colour or material: a dress with a self belt|
|10.||obsolete the same|
|[Old English seolf; related to Old Norse sjālfr, Gothic silba, Old High German selb]|
|1.||of oneself or itself: self-defence; self-rule|
|2.||by, to, in, due to, for, or from the self: self-employed; self-inflicted; self-respect|
|3.||automatic or automatically: self-propelled|
"Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth." [Alan Watts]Self-made man first recorded 1832, Amer.Eng.
n. pl. selves (sělz)
The total, essential, or particular being of a person; the individual.
One's consciousness of one's own being or identity; the ego.
the "I" as experienced by an individual. In modern psychology the notion of the self has replaced earlier conceptions of the soul
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