Language: Old English


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.

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

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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