plural selves ˈselvz
Southern also ˈsevz
: an individual's typical character or behavior
her true self was revealed
: an individual's temporary behavior or character
his better self
: a person in prime condition
feel like my old self today
: the union of elements (such as body, emotions, thoughts, and sensations) that constitute the individuality and identity of a person
: personal interest or advantage
: the entire person of an individual
: the realization or embodiment of an abstraction
: material that is part of an individual organism
ability of the immune system to distinguish self from nonself
selfed; selfing; selfs
: to pollinate with pollen from the same flower or plant
: to undergo self-pollination
: oneself or itself
: of oneself or itself
: by oneself or itself
: to, with, for, or toward oneself or itself
: of or in oneself or itself inherently
: from or by means of oneself or itself
Noun She showed her better self at the party. Her public self is very different from her private self. Philosophers have written about the conception of the self. Adjective a self-red rose of a shade that hasn't been seen before
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NounBomer and Bailey first got attention for these roles after paparazzi captured thirst-trap photos of their shirtless selves in character, splashing around on the Canadian beaches on the show's set. —Nick Romano, EW.com, 1 June 2023 Growing up Christian, thinking being gay was a choice, cast a shell over my heart that could only be broken by your joy and grace towards my scared and confused 18 year old self who thought maybe liking girls wasn’t just a phase anymore. —Chappell Roan, Billboard, 1 June 2023 Twenty of those bears were killed for research and management purposes or in self defense, and one was harvested legally by a hunter in Canada. —Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 31 May 2023 Indeed, Bonobos has taken great pains to offer a range of fits, from slim to athletic, for each of its designs, allowing men of all kinds to look like their best selves. —Todd Plummer, Robb Report, 31 May 2023 Saucedo says this line represents your emotional self, or your emotional style. —Alyssa Girdwain, Women's Health, 31 May 2023 The season introduced an adult Lottie, whose younger self had been institutionalized, as a vessel for this idea of the wilderness as its own conscious being that is calling the shots in the women’s lives. —Radhika Menon, ELLE, 29 May 2023 Angels left-hander Patrick Sandoval was back to his usual self Sunday against the Miami Marlins. —Sarah Valenzuela, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2023 Memorial Day commemorates those who surrendered the right to the preservation of self, guaranteeing the protection of the whole. —Luther Ray Abel, National Review, 28 May 2023
AdjectiveAn inspector’s notes also stated there were cardboard containers on the floor, a non-self closing restroom door, no training documentation for the staff. —Pam Mcloughlin, Hartford Courant, 28 Feb. 2023 See More
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