plural of self. Unabridged


noun, plural selves.
a person or thing referred to with respect to complete individuality: one's own self.
a person's nature, character, etc.: his better self.
personal interest.
the ego; that which knows, remembers, desires, suffers, etc., as contrasted with that known, remembered, etc.
the uniting principle, as a soul, underlying all subjective experience.
being the same throughout, as a color; uniform.
being of one piece with or the same material as the rest: drapes with a self lining.
Immunology. the natural constituents of the body, which are normally not subject to attack by components of the immune system (contrasted with nonself ).
Obsolete, same.
pronoun, plural selves.
myself, himself, herself, etc.: to make a check payable to self.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to self-pollinate.

before 900; Middle English; Old English self, selfa; cognate with Dutch zelf, German selb-, Old Norse sjalfr, Gothic silba Unabridged
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self (sɛlf)
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]

selves (sɛlvz)
a.  the plural of self
 b.  (in combination): ourselves; yourselves; themselves

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Word Origin & History

O.E. self, seolf, sylf "one's own person, same," from P.Gmc. *selbaz (cf. O.N. sjalfr, O.Fris. self, Du. zelf, O.H.G. selb, Ger. selbst, Goth. silba), P.Gmc. *selbaz, from PIE *sel-bho-, from base *s(w)e- "separate, apart" (see idiom).
"Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth." [Alan Watts]
Self-made man first recorded 1832, Amer.Eng.
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Medical Dictionary

self (sělf)
n. pl. selves (sělz)

  1. The total, essential, or particular being of a person; the individual.

  2. One's consciousness of one's own being or identity; the ego.

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Example sentences
It can be difficult to recall the mindset of our younger selves when dinosaurs
  seemed bigger, toothier and more monstrous.
We must move our selves from the extant past and look at life as being as old
  as the creator.
We all seemed back to our normal selves again today, ready to make plans and
  preparations for climbing again.
We are so fluffed up with our artificial selves being the deadliest predator.
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