(noun, adjective, verb, pronoun)


1. (used as a combining form) relating to--of or by or to or from or for--the self

- self-knowledge

- self-proclaimed

- self-induced

Sentences with self as an adjective:

- a self bow: one made from a single piece of wood

- a self flower or plant: one which is wholly of one colour


1. your consciousness of your own identity

Similar word(s): ego

Definition categories: thought, consciousness

2. a person considered as a unique individual

- one's own self

Definition categories: person, individual, mortal, somebody, someone, soul


1. (obsolete) Himself, herself, itself, themselves; that specific (person mentioned).

- This argument was put forward by the defendant self.

2. (commercial or humorous) Myself.

- I made out a cheque, payable to self, which cheered me up somewhat.


1. (botany) To fertilise by the same individual; to self-fertilise or self-pollinate.

2. (botany) To fertilise by the same strain; to inbreed.