humble

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Pronunciation[change]

  • (RP) IPA: /ˈhʌmbəl/
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Adjective[change]

Positive
humble

Comparative
more humble

Superlative
most humble

  1. If you are humble, you are aware of your own weaknesses and do not want or accept recognition of your good qualities or successes.
    You can tell he's very quiet and humble and he keeps to himself.
    I have a family that certainly keeps me humble.
  2. (usually before the noun) A humble place or thing is ordinary and not special.
    In my humble opinion, we need to make these changes quickly.
    From humble beginnings, she rose to fame.

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Verb[change]

Plain form
humble

Third-person singular
humbles

Past tense
humbled

Past participle
humbled

Present participle
humbling

  1. (transitive) If you humble someone, you easily beat them, even though they have a strong advantage.
    The weak will grow strong, and the mighty will be humbled.
  2. (usually passive) If you are humbled, you are shown that you are not as important or good as you thought you were.
    I was also honored and deeply humbled to see the great work that my students are doing.
    I often felt humbled by my parents who left so much behind in their home country.