self noun - definition in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online (US)

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   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 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

cup tie

a game between two teams trying to win a cup (= prize), especially in football

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More