verb (used with object), a·based, a·bas·ing.
Origin of abase
Examples from the Web for abase
He was a prime favourite with Queen Elizabeth, and she knew how to exalt and abase, to create and destroy.The Birth of the Nation|Mrs. Roger A. Pryor
Viewed from afar, the town seemed to abase itself in the presence of the architectural preminence of that monarch of buildings.Under the Rose|Frederic Stewart Isham
That this was no trick of a moment but a calculated scheme to abase and possess her she now realized with a sort of dull horror.In the Shadow of the Hills|George C. Shedd
They confess their own emptiness and abase themselves before God.Sermons on Various Important Subjects|Andrew Lee
Abase not magistrates so far, as to think their office and power extend not to matters of religion and the worship of God.A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4)|Richard Baxter
British Dictionary definitions for abase
Word Origin for abase
Word Origin and History for abase
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.