A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-beys]
    • /əˈbeɪs/
    • /əˈbeɪs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-beys]
    • /əˈbeɪs/

Definitions of abase word

  • verb abase to humble or belittle (oneself, etc) 3
  • verb abase to lower or reduce, as in rank or estimation 3
  • verb transitive abase to humble or humiliate 3
  • verb transitive abase to lower; cast down 3
  • verb with object abase to reduce or lower, as in rank, office, reputation, or estimation; humble; degrade. 1
  • verb with object abase Archaic. to lower; put or bring down: He abased his head. 1

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Origin of abase

First appearance:

before 1470
One of the 25% oldest English words
1470-80; a-5 + base2; replacing late Middle English abassen, equivalent to a-5 + bas base2; replacing Middle English abaissen, abe(i)sen < Anglo-French abesser, abaisser, Old French abaissier, equivalent + a- a-5 + -baissier < Vulgar Latin *bassiare, verbal derivative of Late Latin bassus; see base2

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Parts of speech for Abase


abase popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 74% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for abase

verb abase

  • lower — to cause to descend; let or put down: to lower a flag.
  • disgrace — the loss of respect, honor, or esteem; ignominy; shame: the disgrace of criminals.
  • dishonor — lack or loss of honor; disgraceful or dishonest character or conduct.
  • belittle — If you belittle someone or something, you say or imply that they are unimportant or not very good.
  • humble — not proud or arrogant; modest: to be humble although successful.

noun abase

  • chagrin — Chagrin is a feeling of disappointment, upset, or annoyance, perhaps because of your own failure.

Antonyms for abase

verb abase

  • increase — to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.
  • compliment — A compliment is a polite remark that you say to someone to show that you like their appearance, appreciate their qualities, or approve of what they have done.
  • laud — to praise; extol.
  • praise — the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation.
  • honor — honesty, fairness, or integrity in one's beliefs and actions: a man of honor.

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