[self-guhv-ern-muh nt, -er-muh nt, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈgʌv ərn mənt, -ər mənt, ˈsɛlf-/
control of the government of a state, community, or other body by its own members; democratic government.
the condition of being self-governed.
the government of a country, nation, etc, by its own people
the state of being self-controlled
an archaic term for self-control
[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.
[self-hahr-dn-ing, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈhɑr dn ɪŋ, ˈsɛlf-/ adjective 1. noting or pertaining to any of various steels that harden after heating without quenching or other treatment.