WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
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-.


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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