noun, plural selves.
a person or thing referred to with respect to complete individuality:
one’s own self.
a person’s nature, character, etc.:
his better self.
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.
being the same throughout, as a color; uniform.
being of one piece with or the same material as the rest:
drapes with a self lining.
Immunology. the natural constituents of the body, which are normally not subject to attack by components of the immune system (contrasted with nonself).
pronoun, plural selves.
myself, himself, herself, etc.:
to make a check payable to self.
verb (used with or without object)
noun (pl) selves (sɛlvz)
the distinct individuality or identity of a person or thing
a person’s usual or typical bodily make-up or personal characteristics: she looked her old self again
(rare) good self, good selves, a polite way of referring to or addressing a person (or persons), used following your, his, her, or their
one’s own welfare or interests: he only thinks of self
an individual’s consciousness of his own identity or being
(philosophy) the self, that which is essential to an individual, esp the mind or soul in Cartesian metaphysics; the ego
a bird, animal, etc, that is a single colour throughout, esp a self-coloured pigeon
(not standard) myself, yourself, etc: seats for self and wife
of the same colour or material: a dress with a self belt See also self-coloured
(obsolete) the same
n. pl. selves (sělz)
The total, essential, or particular being of a person; the individual.
One’s consciousness of one’s own being or identity; the ego.
[self-ej-oo-key-tid, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈɛdʒ ʊˌkeɪ tɪd, ˈsɛlf-/ adjective 1. educated by one’s own efforts, especially without formal instruction. self-educated adjective 1. educated through one’s own efforts without formal instruction 2. educated at one’s own expense, without financial aid
[self-i-feys-muh nt, self-] /ˈsɛlf ɪˈfeɪs mənt, ˌsɛlf-/ noun 1. the act or fact of keeping oneself in the background, as in humility. self-effacement noun 1. the act of making oneself, one’s actions, etc, inconspicuous, esp because of humility or timidity
[self-i-feys-muh nt, self-] /ˈsɛlf ɪˈfeɪs mənt, ˌsɛlf-/ noun 1. the act or fact of keeping oneself in the background, as in humility. self-effacing adjective 1. tending to make oneself, one’s actions, etc, inconspicuous, esp because of humility or timidity; modest self-effacement noun 1. the act of making oneself, one’s actions, etc, inconspicuous, esp because of […]
noun 1. an act or instance of elaborating. 2. the state of being elaborated; elaborateness. 3. something that is elaborated. 4. Psychiatry. an unconscious process of expanding and embellishing a detail, especially while recalling and describing a representation in a dream so that latent content of the dream is brought into a logical and comprehensible […]