self Definition

  • 1a person's essential being that distinguishes them from others, especially considered as the object of introspection or reflexive action
  • 2a person's particular nature or personality; the qualities that make a person individual or unique
  • 3one's own interests or pleasure

Using self: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "self" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She is on a journey of self-discovery.

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    He has a strong sense of self.

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    The book explores the concept of the divided self.

  • Example

    She always puts herself first.

self Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for self

Idioms Using self

  • be true to one's own character, spirit, or values


    She decided to be herself and not conform to societal expectations.

  • become completely absorbed or engrossed in something


    She lost herself in the music and forgot about everything else.

  • discover one's true identity or purpose in life


    After years of searching, she finally found herself and her passion for helping others.

Phrases with self

  • self-esteem

    confidence in one's own worth or abilities; self-respect


    Working on improving her self-esteem helped her overcome her anxiety.

  • self-awareness

    conscious knowledge of one's own character, feelings, motives, and desires


    Developing self-awareness is an important step towards personal growth.

  • self-care

    the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health


    Taking time for self-care can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being.

Origins of self

from Old English 'self', meaning 'one's own person, self'


Summary: self in Brief

The term 'self' [self] refers to a person's essential being, their unique qualities, and their own interests. It encompasses concepts like 'self-esteem,' 'self-awareness,' and 'self-care.' Idioms like 'be oneself' and 'lose oneself in something' highlight the importance of staying true to one's character and passions. 'Self' is often the subject of introspection and reflexive action, as in 'She is on a journey of self-discovery.'

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