Noun Self Definition and Examples







A person's essential being that distinguishes them from others, especially considered as the object of introspection or reflexive action.
  1. 'guilt can be turned against the self'
  2. 'We disperse ourselves into our many social roles, and as a consequence, we are not linked to our true selves.'
  3. 'When we allow people to know the real us we risk rejection and for many we would rather paint our true selves than face heartbreak.'
  4. 'We've heard it before and we'll probably keep on hearing it for as long as we all buy into this idea that in growing up we lose our innocence and fall out of touch with our true selves.'
  5. 'Too often in the wider sphere they act like troubled ghosts of their true selves.'
  6. 'The most important thing reading does for us, she concludes, is to give us a sense of our true selves, to reclaim us from the world.'
  7. 'This is the year in which people find their true selves.'
  8. 'Now the agonies focused less on Peggy's behaviors than on Moore's yearning for her own true self.'
  9. 'There are times when others can hold up the mirror and show us our true selves.'
  10. 'Our true selves are out there in the marketplace, ready to wear, see, listen, and eat.'
  11. 'That's where things fell apart, and they didn't really show their true selves.'
  12. 'by the end of the round he was back to his old self'
  13. 'The writing self (the author) is different from the living self (the person).'
  14. 'Despite my lack of sleep, I think I'm back to my old self again.'
  15. 'It took work and time but I got back to my old self.'
  16. 'I was wondering when you would get back to your old self.'
  17. 'He was in a great deal of pain and found it difficult to be his old, cheery self.'
  18. 'All's intact if you can be your usual charming self.'
  19. 'You really need to help him exercise his better self.'
  20. 'I started out quiet and introverted, then I blossomed a bit, then I went back to my old self.'
  21. 'He's being his usual charming self, as he always is when medical personnel are trying to help him.'
  22. 'Once the glitter is gone, you are back to your old self.'
  23. 'to love in an unpossessive way implies the total surrender of self'
  24. 'For some it is the pursuit of money and possessions, but for others it could be the love of self or pleasure, the god of fashion, driving ambition, or something else that controls our thinking and actions.'
  25. 'For the unscrupulous, office might give access to large profits or the manipulation of power in the interests of self, friends, or family.'
  26. 'the uppermost counterfoil was marked ‘Self’'


(of a trimming or cover) of the same material and colour as the rest of the item.
  1. 'Other features include two end zippered compartments, front self pocket, and back mesh pocket.'


Self-pollinate; self-fertilize.
  1. 'Flowers of all species under study were selfed to determine the time taken by pollen tubes to reach the ovules.'
  2. 'Inflorescences of flowering plants were selfed and isolated with bags.'
  3. 'progeny were derived from selfed crosses'
  4. 'These 648 plants, representing selfed progenies of irradiated maize chromosome 9 monosomic addition line plants, were screened for the presence or absence of maize DNA.'
  5. 'In order to study the inheritance of cytomixis, the cytomictic plants were selfed and crossed as both male and female parents with one of the five control plants under controlled conditions.'
((n.) The individual as the object of his own reflective consciousness; the man viewed by his own cognition as the subject of all his mental phenomena, the agent in his own activities, the subject of his own feelings, and the possessor of capacities and character; a person as a distinct individual; a being regarded as having personality.|--|(n.) Hence, personal interest, or love of private interest; selfishness; as, self is his whole aim.|--|(n.) Personification; embodiment.|--|)

noun, plural selves.

1. a person or thing referred to with respect to complete individuality: one's own self.

2. a person's nature, character, etc.: his better self.

3. personal interest.

4. Philosophy. 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. adjective

5. being the same throughout, as a color; uniform.

6. being of one piece with or the same material as the rest: drapes with a self lining.

7. Immunology. the natural constituents of the body, which are normally not subject to attack by components of the immune system (contrasted with nonself).

8. Obsolete. same. pronoun, plural selves.

9. myself, himself, herself, etc.: to make a check payable to self. verb (used with or without object) 10. to self-pollinate.


"There can be self storages."
"There can be self rules."
"There can be self defences."
"There can be self cares."
"There can be self trulies."
"There can be self portraits."
"There can be self lowlytowardses."
"There can be self helps."
"There can be self certses."
"selves can be at alls."
"people can have selves."
"selves can be without proddings."
"selves can be to people."
"selves can be on places."
"places can have selves."
"selves can be in ways."
"selves can be in mirrors."
"selves can be from things."
"selves can be at times."
"selves can be as people."
"selves can avoid exposures by things."
"selves can take parts in discussions."
"selves can take holds in enlightenments."
"selves can say wills to people."
"selves can put everyones to sleeps."
"selves can make nothings of s."
"selves can lose people without pangs."
"selves can keep things in subconsciouses."
"selves can have counterparts in people."
"selves can free people from things."
"selves can find things on points."
"selves can contain worlds by makings."
"self proclaimeds can continue fights in/at/on dates."
"self proclaimeds can continue fights in referendums."
"self empowereds can effect shifts in approaches."
"self empowereds can effect shifts from models."
"selves can fight for minds."
"selves can fight for bodies."
"selves can criticise for enterprises."
"selves can coin by people."

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zelf and German selbe. Early use was emphatic, expressing the sense ‘(I) myself’, ‘(he) himself’, etc. The verb dates from the early 20th century.

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