Definition of ego
1 : the self especially as contrasted with another self or the world
3 : the one of the three divisions of the psyche in psychoanalytic theory that serves as the organized conscious mediator between the person and reality especially by functioning both in the perception of and adaptation to reality — compare id, superego
Examples of ego in a Sentence
I have enough ego not to want to give up easily in any contest or competition.
a star athlete with a refreshing lack of ego
Recent Examples of ego from the Web
Much of Mancini's success in the majors has come with, as Showalter calls it, the lack of ego in being willing to go the opposite way into right-center field.
And everyone -- all but four -- ignored their constituents in order to gratify the ego of their colleagues.
One of our intrepid investigators turns out to be a huge fan of the series and uses his or her canonical knowledge to help solve the crime, amidst all sorts of winking and nudging about Hollywood superficiality and egos.
The Captain is the alter ego of the kids’ school principal, a real grump named Krupp (Ed Helms) who can’t stand laughter or those boys.
And there is also the Golden State majority owner, Joe Lacob, and his forever war with his own ego.
Coming on fast is Daniel Craig, the latest man to inhabit author Ian Fleming's fictional alter ego.
Perenchio’s penchant for privacy was particularly unusual in the land of high-octane egos and personal publicists.
Which is why Alan Cox – effectively the COO for the Linux kernel development project and the man Torvalds refers to as his alter ego –
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Did You Know?
Ego is the Latin word for "I." So if a person seems to begin every sentence with "I", it's sometimes a sign of a big ego. It was the psychologist Sigmund Freud (well, actually his original translator) who put ego into the popular vocabulary, but what he meant by the word is complex, so only other psychologists really use it in the Freudian sense. The rest of us generally use ego simply to mean one's sense of self-worth, whether exaggerated or not. When used in the "exaggerated" sense, ego is almost the same thing as conceit. Meeting a superstar athlete without a trace of this kind of ego would be a most refreshing experience. But having a reasonable sense of your own worth is no sin. Life's little everyday victories are good—in fact, necessary—for a healthy ego.
EGO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ego for English Language Learners
: the opinion that you have about yourself
psychology : a part of the mind that senses and adapts to the real world
Medical Definition of ego
1: the self especially as contrasted with another self or the world
2: the one of the three divisions of the psyche in psychoanalytic theory that serves as the organized conscious mediator between the person and reality especially by functioning both in the perception of and adaptation to reality—compare id, superego
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