Definitions for abaseəˈbeɪs

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word abase

Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•baseəˈbeɪs(v.t.)a•based, a•bas•ing.

  1. to lower in rank, dignity, or estimation; humble; humiliate; degrade.

Origin of abase:

1470–80; ME < AF abesser, abaisser, OF abaissier=a- a-5+-baissier < VL *bassiare, v. der. of LL bassus; see base2


Princeton's WordNet

  1. humiliate, mortify, chagrin, humble, abase(verb)

    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of

    "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss"


  1. abase(Verb)

    To lower physically or depress; to stoop; to throw or cast down; as, to abase the eye.

    "Saying so, he abased his lance." - Thomas Shelton

  2. abase(Verb)

    To cast down or to lower, as in rank, office, condition in life or estimation of worthiness, so as to hurt feelings or cause pain; to depress; to humiliate; to humble; to degrade.

    "Whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased." - Luke 14:11

  3. Origin: * First attested in 1539.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abase(adj)

    to lower or depress; to throw or cast down; as, to abase the eye

  2. Abase(adj)

    to cast down or reduce low or lower, as in rank, office, condition in life, or estimation of worthiness; to depress; to humble; to degrade

Translations for abase


Find a translation for the abase definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these abase definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"abase." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 19 Dec. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for abase?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for abase: