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(Freud's definition)
Definition psychoanalysis:  the conscious mind
  • The ego tries to satisfy the unconscious desires of the id.
ego = psychoanalysis:  the conscious mind

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2  —as in:
bruised her ego
Definition one's sense of self-esteem, or sense of importance, or sense of ability
  • She has such an inflated ego, she probably thinks we planned the whole thing for her.
ego = sense of importance
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Try not to bruise her ego while offering advice.
  • ego = sense of self-esteem
  • I'm trying to think about this without letting my ego get in the way.
  • ego = sense of self-esteem
  •   "I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain't even funny."
      Crooks had reduced himself to nothing. There was no personality, no ego—nothing to arouse either like or dislike.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • ego = self-esteem (sense of importance)
  • So what I'd really like is to try and conceal him somewhere safe, then go hunt, and come back and collect him. But I have a feeling his ego isn't going to go for that suggestion.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • ego = sense of self-esteem (sense of importance or ability)
  • We honed our egos on her, padded our characters with her frailty, and yawned in the fantasy of our strength.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Joan chattered on about Egos and Ids, and I turned my mind to something else, to the brown, unwrapped package in my bottom drawer.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • Which means the switchboard gets jammed with fans calling in, and we have to find dressing room space for seven enormous egos.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • Egos lose their sharp edges.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • They all assumed we thought we were better than they were, that we had out-sized egos and shot off our mouths without being able to back it up.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper

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There is also a specialized definition of ego in psychoanalysis which refers to the conscious mind.
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