abase

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/əˈbeɪs/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/əˈbeɪs/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ə bās)

Inflections of 'abase' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
abases
v 3rd person singular
abasing
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
abased
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
abased
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. 
  1. to lower (oneself) in rank, dignity, or honor;
    humble:had to abase himself before his boss to keep his job.
a•base•ment, n.  [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•base  (ə bās),USA pronunciation v.t.,  a•based, a•bas•ing. 
  1. to reduce or lower, as in rank, office, reputation, or estimation;
    humble;
    degrade.
  2. [Archaic,]to lower;
    put or bring down:He abased his head.
a•basement, n. 
a•baser, n. 
  • 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.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
abase /əˈbeɪs/ vb (transitive)
  1. to humble or belittle (oneself, etc)
  2. to lower or reduce, as in rank or estimation
Etymology: 15th Century: abessen, from Old French abaissier to make low. See base²

aˈbasement n
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