Meaning of SELF in English
■ noun ( plural selves ) a person's essential being that distinguishes them from others, especially considered as the object of introspection or reflexive action.
↘a person's particular nature or personality.
↘one's own interests or pleasure.
■ pronoun ( plural selves )
1》 ( one's ~ ) used ironically to refer in specified favourable terms to one~ or someone else: a picture of my good ~.
2》 used on counterfoils, cheques, and other papers to refer to the holder or person who has signed.
■ adjective (of a trimming, woven design, etc.) of the same material or colour as the rest.
■ verb chiefly Botany ~-pollinate; ~-fertilize.
OE, of Gmc origin.
Concise Oxford English vocab. Сжатый оксфордский словарь английского языка. 2004