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

  • not proud or arrogant;
  • low in importance, status, or condition;
    lowly:began his career in a very humble position.

  • v. [+ object]
  • 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-.

    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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