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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
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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)
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