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abase

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verb \ə-ˈbās\

Definition of abase

abasedabas·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to lower physically

  3. 2 :  to lower in rank, office, prestige, or esteem

abase·mentplay \-ˈbās-mənt\ noun


Examples of abase

  1. <was unwilling to abase himself by pleading guilty to a crime that he did not commit>

  2. <I certainly don't abase myself when I do good, honest manual labor.>



Origin of abase

Middle English abassen, from Anglo-French abesser, abaisser, from a- (from Latin ad-) + -besser, from Vulgar Latin *bassiare to lower


First Known Use: 15th century




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