WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
hum•ble /ˈhʌmbəl/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -bler, -blest, v.,  -bled, -bling. 
adj. 
  1. not proud or arrogant;
    modest.
  2. low in importance, status, or condition;
    lowly:began his career in a very humble position.

v. [+ object]
  1. to lower in condition, importance, or dignity:The politician was humbled by defeat in the last election.
hum•ble•ness, n. [uncountable]
hum•bler, n. [countable]
hum•bly, adv. See -hum-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
hum•ble  (humbəl, um-),USA pronunciation adj.,  -bler, -blest, v.,  -bled, -bling. 
adj. 
  1. not proud or arrogant;
    modest:to be humble although successful.
  2. having a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience, etc.:In the presence of so many world-famous writers I felt very humble.
  3. low in rank, importance, status, quality, etc.;
    lowly: of humble origin;
    a humble home.
  4. courteously respectful:In my humble opinion you are wrong.
  5. low in height, level, etc.;
    small in size:a humble member of the galaxy.

v.t. 
  1. to lower in condition, importance, or dignity;
    abase.
  2. to destroy the independence, power, or will of.
  3. to make meek:to humble one's heart.
humble•ness, n. 
humbler, n. 
humbling•ly, adv. 
humbly, adv. 
  • Latin humilis lowly, insignificant, on the ground. See humus, -ile
  • Old French
  • Middle English (h)umble 1200–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged unpretending, unpretentious.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged submissive, meek.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged unassuming, plain, common, poor.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged polite.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged mortify, shame, abash.
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged subdue, crush, break.
      Humble, degrade, humiliate suggest lowering or causing to seem lower. To
      humble is to bring down the pride of another or to reduce him or her to a state of abasement:to humble an arrogant enemy.To
      degrade is to demote in rank or standing, or to reduce to a low level in dignity:to degrade an officer; to degrade oneself by lying.To
      humiliate is to make others feel or appear inadequate or unworthy, esp. in some public setting:to humiliate a sensitive person.
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged proud.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged noble, exalted.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rude, insolent.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged elevate.
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged exalt.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

humble /ˈhʌmbəl/ adj
  1. conscious of one's failings
  2. unpretentious; lowly: a humble cottage, my humble opinion
  3. deferential or servile
vb (transitive)
  1. to cause to become humble; humiliate
  2. to lower in status
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French, from Latin humilis low, from humus the ground

ˈhumbleness n ˈhumbly adv



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