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HUMBLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does humble mean? 

HUMBLE (adjective)
  The adjective HUMBLE has 4 senses:

1. low or inferior in station or quality
2. marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful
3. used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)
4. of low birth or station ('base' is archaic in this sense)

  Familiarity information: HUMBLE used as an adjective is uncommon.


HUMBLE (verb)
  The verb HUMBLE has 2 senses:

1. cause to be unpretentious
2. cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of

  Familiarity information: HUMBLE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


HUMBLE (adjective)


Sense 1humble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Low or inferior in station or quality

Synonyms:

lowly; humble; small; modest; low

Context examples:

a humble cottage / a lowly parish priest / a modest man of the people / small beginnings

Similar:

inferior (of or characteristic of low rank or importance)


Sense 2humble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful

Context examples:

a humble apology / essentially humble...and self-effacing, he achieved the highest formal honors and distinctions

Similar:

broken; crushed; humbled; humiliated; low (subdued or brought low in condition or status)

meek; mild; modest (humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness)

Also:

modest (marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself)

Attribute:

humbleness; humility (a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride)

Antonym:

proud (feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride)


Sense 3humble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)

Synonyms:

menial; humble; lowly

Similar:

unskilled (not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency)


Sense 4humble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of low birth or station ('base' is archaic in this sense)

Synonyms:

baseborn; base; lowly; humble

Context examples:

baseborn wretches with dirty faces / of humble (or lowly) birth

Similar:

lowborn (of humble birth or origins)


HUMBLE (verb)


Sense 1humble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to be unpretentious

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Context example:

This experience will humble him

Hypernyms (to "humble" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "humble"):

efface (make inconspicuous)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 2humble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

abase; chagrin; humiliate; humble; mortify

Context example:

He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss

Hypernyms (to "humble" is one way to...):

bruise; hurt; injure; offend; spite; wound (hurt the feelings of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "humble"):

crush; demolish; smash (humiliate or depress completely)

degrade; demean; disgrace; put down; take down (reduce in worth or character, usually verbally)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot humble Sue


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