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

     

    shame

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 1shame somebody to make somebody feel ashamed His generosity shamed them all.
  2. 2shame somebody (formal) to make somebody feel that they have lost honour or respect You have shamed your family.
  3. 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
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