Verb abase Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


abase (third-person singular simple present abases, present participle abasing, simple past and past participle abased)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To lower physically or depress; to stoop; to throw or cast down[2]
  2. (transitive) To lower, as in rank, office, condition in life, so as to hurt feelings or cause pain; to depress; to humiliate; to humble; to degrade. [2]
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To lower in value, in particular as altering the content of alloys in coins.[2][2]

More definition: reduce or lower, as in rank, office, reputation, or estimation; humble; degrade.

2.Archaic. to lower; put or bring down, He abased his head.

1. to humble or belittle (oneself, etc)

2. to lower or reduce, as in rank or estimation Derived Formsabasement, noun Word OriginC15, abessen, from Old French abaissier to make low. See base²Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
late 14c., abaishen, from Old French abaissier "diminish, make lower in value or status" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *ad bassiare "bring lower," from Late Latin bassus "thick, fat, low;" from the same source as base (adj.) and altered 16c. in English by influence of it, which made it an exception to the rule that Old French verbs with stem -iss- enter English as -ish. Related, Abased; abasing.


The demotion did not abase his credibility with his peers.

You should abase yourselves as miserable friends.

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