Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “self”

See all translations

self

noun uk   /self/ us  

self noun (PERSONALITY)

C1 [C or U] ( plural selves) the set of someone's characteristics, such as personality and ability, that are not physical and make that person different from other people: The hero of the film finally finds his true self. When I saw them this afternoon they were more like their old/normal selves (= as they were in the past). a sense of self
More examples

self noun (PERSONAL ADVANTAGE)

[U] formal disapproving interest only in your own advantage: Her reply was typical of her constant regard for self.
(Definition of self noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of self?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “self” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

exercise

physical activity that you do to make your body strong and healthy

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

bio-inspiration noun

April 13, 2015
the adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc. The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

Read More