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Syllabification: a·base
Pronunciation: /əˈbās

Definition of abase in English:


[with object]
Behave in a way so as to belittle or degrade (someone): I watched my colleagues abasing themselves before the board of trustees
More example sentences
  • They find a secret delight in abasing themselves before men of violence.
  • It's an icky daddy-daughter comedy featuring character actors abasing themselves horribly for the money.
  • The more politics abases itself before the values of TV entertainment, the less it represents the real political process.
humble, humiliate, belittle, demean, lower, degrade, debase, cheapen, discredit, bring low
grovel, kowtow, bow and scrape, toady, fawn
informal crawl, suck up to someone, lick someone's boots


late Middle English: from Old French abaissier, from a- (from Latin ad 'to, at') + baissier 'to lower', based on late Latin bassus 'short of stature'. The spelling has been influenced by base2.

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