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self

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pronoun \ˈself, Southern also ˈsef\

Definition of self

  1. :  myself, himself, herself <a check payable to self>



Origin of self

Middle English (intensive pron.), from Old English; akin to Old High German selb, intensive pron., and probably to Latin suus one's own — more at suicide


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with self


2

self

adjective

Definition of self

  1. 1 obsolete :  identical, same

  2. 2 obsolete :  belonging to oneself :  own

  3. 3a :  having a single character or quality throughout; specifically :  having one color only <a self flower>b :  of the same kind (as in color, material, or pattern) as something with which it is used <self trimming>



Examples of self

  1. <a self-red rose of a shade that hasn't been seen before>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of self

before 12th century


3

self

noun

Simple Definition of self

  • : the person that someone normally or truly is

  • : a particular part of your personality or character that is shown in a particular situation

  • : the personality or character that makes a person different from other people : the combination of emotions, thoughts, feelings, etc., that make a person different from others

Full Definition of self

plural selves play \ˈselvz, Southern also ˈsevz\

  1. 1a :  the entire person of an individualb :  the realization or embodiment of an abstraction

  2. 2a (1) :  an individual's typical character or behavior <her true self was revealed> (2) :  an individual's temporary behavior or character <his better self>b :  a person in prime condition <feel like my old self today>

  3. 3 :  the union of elements (as body, emotions, thoughts, and sensations) that constitute the individuality and identity of a person

  4. 4 :  personal interest or advantage

  5. 5 :  material that is part of an individual organism <ability of the immune system to distinguish self from nonself>

Examples of self

  1. She showed her better self at the party.

  2. Her public self is very different from her private self.

  3. Philosophers have written about the conception of the self.



13th Century

First Known Use of self

13th century


4

self

verb

Definition of self

  • transitive verb
    1. 1 :  inbreed

    2. 2 :  to pollinate with pollen from the same flower or plant

    3. intransitive verb
    4. :  to undergo self-pollination



    1905

    First Known Use of self

    1905


    self-

    combining form

    Simple Definition of self-

    • : yourself or itself

    • : of yourself or itself

    • : by, to, with, for, or toward yourself or itself

    Full Definition of self-

    1. 1a :  oneself or itself <self-supporting>b :  of oneself or itself <self-abasement>c :  by oneself or itself <self-propelled> <self-acting>

    2. 2a :  to, with, for, or toward oneself or itself <self-consistent> <self-addressed> <self-love>b :  of or in oneself or itself inherently <self-evident>c :  from or by means of oneself or itself <self-fertile>

    1. self–abase·ment

    2. self–ab·ne·gat·ing

    3. self–ab·ne·ga·tion

    4. self–ac·cel·er·at·ing

    5. self–ac·cep·tance

    6. self–ac·cu·sa·tion

    7. self–ac·cu·sa·to·ry

    8. self–ac·cus·ing

    9. self–ac·knowl·edged

    10. self–ad·just·ing

    11. self–ad·min·is·ter

    12. self–ad·min·is·tra·tion

    13. self–ad·mit·ted

    14. self–ad·mit·ted·ly

    15. self–ad·u·la·to·ry

    16. self–ad·vance·ment

    17. self–ad·ver·tise·ment

    18. self–ad·ver·tis·er

    19. self–af·fir·ma·tion

    20. self–ag·gran·dize·ment

    21. self–ag·gran·diz·ing

    22. self–alien·ation

    23. self–anoint·ed

    24. self–ap·prais·al

    25. self–ap·pro·ba·tion

    26. self–as·sess·ment

    27. self–as·sign·ment

    28. self–au·then·ti·cat·ing

    29. self–avowed

    30. self–bet·ter·ment

    31. self–can·cel

    32. self–care

    33. self–car·i·ca·ture

    34. self–cas·ti·gate

    35. self–cas·ti·ga·tion

    36. self–cen·sor·ship

    37. self–char·ac·ter·i·za·tion

    38. self–clas·si·fi·ca·tion

    39. self–clean·ing

    40. self–com·mand

    41. self–com·mun·ing

    42. self–com·mu·nion

    43. self–com·pla·cen·cy

    44. self–com·pla·cent

    45. self–con·dem·na·tion

    46. self–con·demned

    47. self–con·firm·ing

    48. self–con·se·cra·tion

    49. self–con·sti·tut·ed

    50. self–con·sum·ing

    51. self–con·tem·pla·tion

    52. self–con·tempt

    53. self–cre·at·ed

    54. self–cre·a·tion

    55. self–crit·i·cal

    56. self–crit·i·cism

    57. self–cri·tique

    58. self–cul·ti·va·tion

    59. self–cul·ture

    60. self–damn·ing

    61. self–de·base·ment

    62. self–de·ceit

    63. self–de·ceive

    64. self–de·cep·tion

    65. self–de·feat·ing

    66. self–de·lud·ed

    67. self–de·lud·ing

    68. self–de·lu·sion

    69. self–den·i·grat·ing

    70. self–den·i·gra·tion

    71. self–de·pen·dence

    72. self–de·pen·dent

    73. self–dep·re·cat·ing

    74. self–dep·re·cat·ing·ly

    75. self–dep·re·ca·tion

    76. self–dep·re·ca·to·ry

    77. self–de·pre·ci·a·tion

    78. self–de·scribed

    79. self–de·scrip·tion

    80. self–de·scrip·tive

    81. self–de·stroy·er

    82. self–de·vel·op·ment

    83. self–de·vour·ing

    84. self–dif·fer·en·ti·a·tion

    85. self–di·rect·ed

    86. self–di·rect·ing

    87. self–di·rec·tion

    88. self–di·rec·tive

    89. self–dis·gust

    90. self–dis·play

    91. self–dis·sat·is·fac·tion

    92. self–doubt

    93. self–ed·u·cat·ed

    94. self–ed·u·cat·ing

    95. self–ed·u·ca·tion

    96. self–ef·face·ment

    97. self–ef·fac·ing

    98. self–eman·ci·pa·tion

    99. self–emas·cu·la·tion

    100. self–en·closed

    101. self–en·grossed

    102. self–en·hance·ment

    103. self–eval·u·ate

    104. self–eval·u·a·tion

    105. self–ex·clu·sion

    106. self–ex·cul·pa·tion

    107. self–ex·hi·bi·tion

    108. self–ex·is·tence

    109. self–ex·is·tent

    110. self–ex·plain·ing

    111. self–ex·tinc·tion

    112. self–fi·nance

    113. self–formed

    114. self–gen·er·ate

    115. self–giv·ing

    116. self–guid·ed

    117. self–hate

    118. self–hat·ing

    119. self–ha·tred

    120. self–heal·ing

    121. self–hum·bling

    122. self–hu·mil·i·a·tion

    123. self–hyp·no·sis

    124. self–idol·a·try

    125. self–im·posed

    126. self–im·prove·ment

    127. self–im·prov·er

    128. self–in·duced

    129. self–in·fat·u·at·ed

    130. self–in·fla·tion

    131. self–in·flict·ed

    132. self–ini·ti·at·ed

    133. self–in·struct·ed

    134. self–in·struc·tion

    135. self–in·struc·tion·al

    136. self–in·ter·view

    137. self–in·vent·ed

    138. self–in·ven·tion

    139. self–iso·la·tion

    140. self–la·beled

    141. self–lac·er·at·ing

    142. self–lac·er·a·tion

    143. self–loath·ing

    144. self–lock·ing

    145. self–lu·bri·cat·ing

    146. self–lu·mi·nous

    147. self–main·te·nance

    148. self–man·age·ment

    149. self–mas·tery

    150. self–med·i·ca·tion

    151. self–mock·ery

    152. self–mock·ing

    153. self–mor·ti·fi·ca·tion

    154. self–mo·ti·vat·ed

    155. self–mu·ti·lat·ing

    156. self–mu·ti·la·tion

    157. self–ne·gat·ing

    158. self–ob·sessed

    159. self–op·er·at·ing

    160. self–or·dained

    161. self–ori·ent·ed

    162. self–par·o·dist

    163. self–par·o·dy

    164. self–penned

    165. self–per·pet·u·at·ing

    166. self–per·pet·u·a·tion

    167. self–pla·gia·rism

    168. self–pleas·ing

    169. self–po·lic·ing

    170. self–praise

    171. self–pre·oc·cu·pa·tion

    172. self–pre·oc·cu·pied

    173. self–pre·serv·ing

    174. self–pro·duced

    175. self–pro·mot·er

    176. self–pro·mot·ing

    177. self–pro·mo·tion

    178. self–pro·tec·tion

    179. self–pro·tec·tive

    180. self–pro·tec·tive·ness

    181. self–pun·ish·ing

    182. self–pun·ish·ment

    183. self–raised

    184. self–re·crim·i·na·tion

    185. self–ref·er·ence

    186. self–ref·er·en·tial

    187. self–re·fer·ring

    188. self–ref·or·ma·tion

    189. self–reg·u·la·tion

    190. self–reg·u·la·tive

    191. self–reg·u·la·to·ry

    192. self–re·in·forc·ing

    193. self–re·new·al

    194. self–re·new·ing

    195. self–re·nounc·ing

    196. self–re·nun·ci·a·tion

    197. self–re·proach

    198. self–re·proach·ful

    199. self–re·proof

    200. self–re·prov·ing

    201. self–re·straint

    202. self–rid·i·cule

    203. self–sat·i·riz·ing

    204. self–se·lect·ed

    205. self–se·lec·tion

    206. self–set

    207. self–sur·ren·der

    208. self–sus·tained

    209. self–ther·a·py

    210. self–tor·ment

    211. self–tor·men·tor

    212. self–tor·ture

    213. self–tran·scen·dence

    214. self–trans·for·ma·tion

    215. self–un·der·stand·ing

    216. self–val·i·dat·ing

    217. self–wor·ship

    218. self–wor·ship·er

    Origin of self-

    Middle English, from Old English, from self


    Medical Dictionary

    self

    play
    noun \ˈself\

    Medical Definition of self

    plural selves \ˈselvz\play

    1. 1:  the union of elements (as body, emotions, thoughts, and sensations) that constitute the individuality and identity of a person

    2. 2:  material that is part of an individual organism <ability of the immune system to distinguish self from nonself>






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