ego Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “ego” in the English Dictionary

"ego" in British English

See all translations

egonoun [C]

uk   /ˈiː.ɡəʊ/  us   /ˈiː.ɡoʊ/ (plural egos)
youridea or ​opinion of yourself, ​especiallyyourfeeling of ​your own ​importance and ​ability: That man has such an ​enormous ego - I've never ​known anyone so ​full of themselves! I'm ​glad she got the ​job - she ​needed something to boost/​bolster her ego (= give her ​confidence). specialized psychology in ​psychoanalysis, the ​part of a person's ​mind that ​tries to ​match the ​hidden desires (= ​wishes) of the id (= ​part of the ​unconsciousmind) with the ​demands of the ​realworld
(Definition of ego from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ego" in American English

See all translations

egonoun [C]

 us   /ˈi·ɡoʊ/ (plural egos)
the ​idea or ​opinion that you have of yourself, esp. the ​level of ​yourability and ​intelligence, and ​yourimportance as a ​person: That man has an ​enormous ego. Getting that ​job should give her ego a ​boost (= give her ​confidence).
(Definition of ego from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of ego?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

float

a large vehicle with a flat surface that is decorated and used in festivals

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More