- Inflections of 'abase' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
- v 3rd person singular
- v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
- v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
- v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•base /əˈbeɪs/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + oneself], a•based, a•bas•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•base•ment, n. [uncountable]
- to lower (oneself) in rank, dignity, or honor;
humble:had to abase himself before his boss to keep his job.
(ə bās′),USA pronunciation v.t., a•based, a•bas•ing.
- to reduce or lower, as in rank, office, reputation, or estimation;
- [Archaic,]to lower;
put or bring down:He abased his head.
- Vulgar Latin *bassiare, verb, verbal derivative of Late Latin bassus; see base2
- Anglo-French abesser, abaisser, Old French abaissier, equivalent. + a- a-5 + -baissier
- 1470–80; a-5 + base2; replacing late Middle English abassen, equivalent. to a-5 + bas base2; replacing Middle English abaissen, abe(i)sen
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged humiliate, dishonor, defame, belittle.
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abase /əˈbeɪs/ vb (transitive)
Etymology: 15th Century: abessen, from Old French abaissier to make low. See base²aˈbasement n
- to humble or belittle (oneself, etc)
- to lower or reduce, as in rank or estimation
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