ADJ. whole He put his whole self into the performance. | real, true | deep, inner, innermost | private | public Her private and public selves were vastly different. | normal, usual | former, old She knew that with a holiday he would be back to his former self. | cheerful He's his usual cheerful self again. | better She knew his better self would struggle to serve her best interests. | conscious | physical | good (humorous) We look forward to seeing Mrs Brown and your good self this evening.
VERB + SELF reveal He was afraid to reveal his innermost self.
PHRASES a loss of self, a sense of self, a shadow of your former self