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/ əˈbeɪs /
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verb (used with object), a·based, a·bas·ing.
to reduce or lower, as in rank, office, reputation, or estimation; humble; degrade.
Archaic. to lower; put or bring down: He abased his head.
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Origin of abase
1470–80; a-5 + base2; replacing late Middle English abassen, equivalent to a-5 + bas base2; replacing Middle English abaissen, abe(i)sen, from Anglo-French abesser, abaisser, Old French abaissier, equivalent to a-a-5 + -baissier, from (unattested) Vulgar Latin bassiare, verbal derivative of Late Latin bassus; see base2
OTHER WORDS FROM abasea·base·ment, nouna·bas·er, nounun·a·bas·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for abase
/ (əˈbeɪs) /
to humble or belittle (oneself, etc)
to lower or reduce, as in rank or estimation
Derived forms of abaseabasement, noun
Word Origin for abase
C15: abessen, from Old French abaissier to make low. See base ²
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