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Meaning of “ego” in the English Dictionary

"ego" in British English

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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)

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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)
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