WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
hum•ble /ˈhʌmbəl/USA pronunciation   adj., -bler, -blest, v., -bled, -bling. 

  1. not proud or arrogant;
  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 © 2015
hum•ble  (humbəl, um-), 
adj., -bler, -blest, v., -bled, -bling. 

  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.

  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.
  • Latin humilis lowly, insignificant, on the ground. See humus, -ile
  • Old French
  • Middle English (h)umble 1200–50
humble•ness, n. 
humbler, n. 
humbling•ly, adv. 
humbly, adv. 
1 . unpretending, unpretentious. 2 . submissive, meek. 3 . unassuming, plain, common, poor. 4 . polite. 6 . mortify, shame, abash. 7 . 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 . proud. 3 . noble, exalted. 4 . rude, insolent. 6 . elevate. 8 . exalt.

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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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