[self-guhv-ernd, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈgʌv ərnd, ˈsɛlf-/
governed by itself or having self-government, as a state or community; independent.
exercising self-restraint or self-control.
[self-guhv-ern-muh nt, -er-muh nt, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈgʌv ərn mənt, -ər mənt, ˈsɛlf-/ noun 1. control of the government of a state, community, or other body by its own members; democratic government. 2. the condition of being self-governed. 3. self-control. self-government noun 1. the government of a country, nation, etc, by its own people 2. the state […]
[self-grat-uh-fi-key-shuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlfˌgræt ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən, ˌsɛlf-/ noun 1. the act of pleasing or satisfying oneself, especially the gratifying of one’s own impulses, needs, or desires.
verb (used with object) 1. to keep safe from harm or danger; protect; watch over: to guard the ruler. 2. to keep under close watch in order to prevent escape, misconduct, etc.: to guard a prisoner. 3. to keep under control or restraint as a matter of caution or prudence: to guard one’s temper. 4. […]
adjective 1. accompanied by a guide: a guided tour. 2. supervised or controlled: a guided beam.