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Meaning of “self” in the English Dictionary

"self" in British English

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selfnoun

uk   us   /self/
  • 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 ​moviefinally finds histrue self (= ​discovers what his ​truepersonality and ​feelings are). 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-prefix

uk   us   /self-/
of or by yourself or itself: self-educated a self-winding ​watch
(Definition of self from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"self" in American English

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selfnoun [C/U]

 us   /self/ (plural selves  /selvz/ )
who a ​person is, ​including the ​qualities such as ​personality and ​ability that make one ​person different from another: [C] Now I’m ​feelingbetter, and I’m back to my ​old self again. [U] I still ​assert the ​validity of self over ​socialconvention.
(Definition of self from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"self-" in Business English

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self-prefix

uk   us  
used to ​form words that describe something or someone as doing something themselves: a self-winding watch a self-catering ​holiday self-build homes

selfnoun [U]

uk   us   /self/ (plural selves /selvz/ ) formal BANKING, INSURANCE
written on ​cheques, ​officialdocuments, ​businessletters, etc. to refer to yourself: a ​cheque written to self Most ​healthplans have a three-tier ​system of ​coverage: self only, self and one other ​person, or self and family.
(Definition of self- from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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