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a·base

 (ə-bās′)
tr.v. a·based, a·bas·ing, a·bas·es
To lower in rank, prestige, or esteem. See Synonyms at debase.

[Middle English abassen, from Old French abaissier : Latin ad-, ad- + Vulgar Latin *bassiāre, to lower (from *bassus, low, perhaps of Oscan origin; akin to Bassus, Bassius, Roman cognomens borne by men of Campanian origin and perhaps originally referring to squat stature).]

a·base′ment n.

abase

(əˈbeɪs)
vb (tr)
1. to humble or belittle (oneself, etc)
2. to lower or reduce, as in rank or estimation
[C15: abessen, from Old French abaissier to make low. See base2]
aˈbasement n

a•base

(əˈbeɪs)

v.t. a•based, a•bas•ing.
to lower in rank, dignity, or estimation; humble; humiliate; degrade.
[1470–80; Middle English < Anglo-French abesser, abaisser, Old French abaissier=a- a-5 + -baissier < Vulgar Latin *bassiare, v. derivative of Late Latin bassus; see base2]
a•base′ment, n.
a•bas′er, n.

abase


Past participle: abased
Gerund: abasing

Imperative
abase
abase
Present
I abase
you abase
he/she/it abases
we abase
you abase
they abase
Preterite
I abased
you abased
he/she/it abased
we abased
you abased
they abased
Present Continuous
I am abasing
you are abasing
he/she/it is abasing
we are abasing
you are abasing
they are abasing
Present Perfect
I have abased
you have abased
he/she/it has abased
we have abased
you have abased
they have abased
Past Continuous
I was abasing
you were abasing
he/she/it was abasing
we were abasing
you were abasing
they were abasing
Past Perfect
I had abased
you had abased
he/she/it had abased
we had abased
you had abased
they had abased
Future
I will abase
you will abase
he/she/it will abase
we will abase
you will abase
they will abase
Future Perfect
I will have abased
you will have abased
he/she/it will have abased
we will have abased
you will have abased
they will have abased
Future Continuous
I will be abasing
you will be abasing
he/she/it will be abasing
we will be abasing
you will be abasing
they will be abasing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been abasing
you have been abasing
he/she/it has been abasing
we have been abasing
you have been abasing
they have been abasing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been abasing
you will have been abasing
he/she/it will have been abasing
we will have been abasing
you will have been abasing
they will have been abasing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been abasing
you had been abasing
he/she/it had been abasing
we had been abasing
you had been abasing
they had been abasing
Conditional
I would abase
you would abase
he/she/it would abase
we would abase
you would abase
they would abase
Past Conditional
I would have abased
you would have abased
he/she/it would have abased
we would have abased
you would have abased
they would have abased
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.abase - cause to feel shameabase - cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of; "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss"
spite, wound, bruise, injure, offend, hurt - hurt the feelings of; "She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests"; "This remark really bruised my ego"
demolish, smash, crush - humiliate or depress completely; "She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation"; "The death of her son smashed her"
demean, disgrace, degrade, take down, put down - reduce in worth or character, usually verbally; "She tends to put down younger women colleagues"; "His critics took him down after the lecture"

abase

verb
To deprive of esteem, self-worth, or effectiveness:
Idioms: bring low, take down a peg.
Translations

abase

[əˈbeɪs] VT [+ person] → humillar, rebajar
to abase o.s. (so far as to) + INFINrebajarse (hasta el punto de + infin )

abase

[əˈbeɪs] vt
to abase o.s. → s'abaisser
to abase o.s. before sb → s'abaisser devant qn
to abase o.s. so far as to do sth → s'abaisser à faire qch

abase

vt personerniedrigen; moralsverderben; to abase oneselfsich (selbst) erniedrigen

abase

[əˈbeɪs] vt (frm) → umiliare, mortificare
to abase o.s. → umiliarsi, abbassarsi
References in classic literature ?
For, as one has well said: the horse abases the base, ennobles the noble.
How inscrutable are the ways of providence -- for what great and mysterious purpose has it pleased heaven to abase the man once so elevated, and raise up him who was so abased?
Something desperate and vague, a flicker of an insane desire to abase himself before the mysterious impulses of evil, to ask for mercy in some way, passed through his mind; and then came the idea, the persuasion, the certitude, that the evil must be forgotten--must be resolutely ignored to make life possible; that the knowledge must be kept out of mind, out of sight, like the knowledge of certain death is kept out of the daily existence of men.