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Language: Old English
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self

noun
     
self S2 W3 plural selves
1 [countable usually singular] the type of person you are, your character, your typical behaviour etc
somebody's usual/normal self
Sid was not his usual smiling self.
be/look/feel (like) your old self (=be the way you usually are again, especially after having been ill, unhappy etc)
Jim was beginning to feel like his old self again.
somebody's true/real self (=what someone is really like, rather than what they pretend to be like)
Peter was the only one to whom she showed her true self.
2

somebody's sense of self

someone's idea that they are a separate person, different from other people:
a child's developing sense of self
3

be a shadow/ghost of your former self

to not be as healthy, strong etc as you used to be
4 [uncountable]B a word written in business letters, on cheques etc meaning yourself:
a cheque written to self
5 [countable] used to refer to a person:
a picture of a journalist and your good self (=you)

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