Pronunciation: (self), [key]
—n., pl. selves,
—adj., pron., pl. selves,
1. a person or thing referred to with respect to complete individuality: one's own self.
2. a person's nature, character, etc.: his better self.
3. personal interest.
a. the ego; that which knows, remembers, desires, suffers, etc., as contrasted with that known, remembered, etc.
b. the uniting principle, as a soul, underlying all subjective experience.
1. being the same throughout, as a color; uniform.
2. being of one piece with or the same material as the rest: drapes with a self lining.
3. Immunol.the natural constituents of the body, which are normally not subject to attack by components of the immune system (contrasted with nonself).
myself, himself, herself, etc.: to make a check payable to self.
a combining form of self and variously used with the meanings “of the self” (self-analysis) and “by oneself or itself” (self-appointed); and with the meanings “to, with, toward, for, on, in oneself” (self-complacent), “inherent in oneself or itself” (self-explanatory), “independent” (self-government), and “automatic” (self-operating).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.