- 1shame somebody to make somebody feel ashamed His generosity shamed them all.
- 2shame somebody (formal) to make somebody feel that they have lost honour or respect You have shamed your family. Word Origin Old English sc(e)amu (noun), sc(e)amian ‘feel shame’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schamen (verb) and German Scham (noun), schämen (verb).Extra examples An outcry from customers has shamed the company into lowering its prices. The people who did this all deserve to be publicly shamed. She shamed her father into promising to help. The companies that pollute our rivers should be named and shamed. Phrasal Verbsshame somebody into doing something
BrE BrE//ʃeɪm//; NAmE NAmE//ʃeɪm//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shame
BrE BrE//ʃeɪm//; NAmE NAmE//ʃeɪm//he / she / it shames
BrE BrE//ʃeɪmz//; NAmE NAmE//ʃeɪmz//past simple shamed
BrE BrE//ʃeɪmd//; NAmE NAmE//ʃeɪmd//past participle shamed
BrE BrE//ʃeɪmd//; NAmE NAmE//ʃeɪmd//-ing form shaming
BrE BrE//ˈʃeɪmɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃeɪmɪŋ//