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Definition of humble verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    humble

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌmbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌmbl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they humble
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌmbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌmbl//
     
    he / she / it humbles
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌmblz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌmblz//
     
    past simple humbled
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌmbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌmbld//
     
    past participle humbled
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌmbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌmbld//
     
    -ing form humbling
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌmblɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌmblɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1humble somebody to make somebody feel that they are not as good or important as they thought they were He was humbled by her generosity. a humbling experience
  2. 2[usually passive] humble somebody to easily defeat an opponent, especially a strong or powerful one The world champion was humbled last night in three rounds.
  3. 3humble yourself to show that you are not too proud to ask for something, admit that you have been wrong, etc.
  4. see also humility
    Word Origin Middle English: from Old French, from Latin humilis ‘low, lowly’, from humus ‘ground’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: humble