Definition of self-made in English:



  • 1Made by oneself.

    ‘his self-made fortune’
    ‘a self-made kite’
    • ‘An autopoietic system is basically a self-made and self-sustaining ensemble.’
    • ‘He flees to an abandoned lighthouse with the hopes of starting over, creating his own self-made, independent, and organic society.’
    • ‘He has a self-made philosophy that the economy will always survive but the social environment of the average working people are what makes Ireland or Poland.’
    • ‘A typical resident of the floating apartment ship is aged between 50 and 60 with a self-made fortune.’
    • ‘He told me that the self-made bomb looked like about 10 dynamite sticks that were set to go off yet only one actually ignited.’
    • ‘Climbing some of the highest peaks in Wales, mountain biking for 20 miles and paddling across a reservoir on a self-made raft would be challenging enough for anyone.’
    • ‘Holding a self-made net used to catch shrimp, he said the island is the right place for him to pass his rest days, but he wonders why more and more young visitors keep flocking here.’
    self-sufficient, self-sustaining, self-reliant, self-standing, able to stand on one's own two feet, living on one's hump
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    1. 1.1 Having become successful or rich by one's own efforts.
      ‘a self-made millionaire’
      • ‘I have a lot of respect for the fact that he's a self-made man who started at the bottom of the corporate ladder - literally putting stamps on envelopes - and worked his way to the very top.’
      • ‘As a result, success manual authors had to provide failed men with a far broader definition of what constituted a self-made man.’
      • ‘Following his great-grandfather's precepts, it seems he can justly claim to be a self-made man.’
      • ‘Like all self-made millionaires, there is an unyielding drive to Boyle, an urge to act, to be decisive, to control the reins of his life.’
      • ‘Of the 1,000 people on the list, 750 are self-made millionaires.’
      • ‘He went on to become the very definition of a self-made man, literally.’
      • ‘His father was a self-made rich peasant, hard-working and frugal, narrowed rather than broadened in mind by his hard-won success.’
      • ‘He was a very successful man, a self-made man, and I loved him very much, and he was very insistent that I follow or try to follow in his footsteps.’
      • ‘Here, in one neat package, Franklin constructed a prescription that went into making a self-made man.’
      • ‘Mills was a self-made man who descended from a family of Scotch-English ancestry.’
      • ‘Eddie is Archie's model of success, a self-made millionaire.’
      • ‘He's in construction, but he is a self-made man.’
      • ‘A self-made man uses his wit and his energy at a time when the country is in the grip of the Great Depression to build a better life for himself and his family.’
      • ‘In contrast to the Gracchus brothers, Marius was a self-made man with no aristocratic background.’
      • ‘The gangster is also often portrayed as a self-made man rising above his station, another affirmation of the spirit of free enterprise for the audience to clasp.’
      • ‘Stanley was a self-made man who raised himself from poverty to success through his technical skills.’
      • ‘From her experience as a suburban domestic, she claims Benjamin Franklin as role model and strives to become a successful self-made American.’
      • ‘One was an aristocrat educated at Harrow and Cambridge, the other a self-made man from small-town South India.’
      • ‘Plumbers, builders and hair dressers are among those in an index of 25 self-made millionaires, including three Yorkshiremen.’
      • ‘Williams, a self-made millionaire, has interests in the offshore oil industry, telecommunications and tourism.’



/ˈˌsɛlf ˈmeɪd//ˈˌself ˈmād/