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  • 1 Abase — A*base ([.a]*b[=a]s ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abased} ([.a]*b[=a]st ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Abasing}.] [F. abaisser, LL. abassare, abbassare; ad + bassare, fr. bassus low. See {Base}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. To lower or depress; to throw or cast down; as …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 abase — abase, demean, debase, degrade, humble, humiliate are synonymous when they denote to lower in one’s own estimation or in that of others. Abase suggests loss of dignity or prestige without necessarily implying permanency in that loss. When used… …

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  • 3 Abase — is an early 1970s text based computer game for BASIC designed by People s Computer Company similar to the game Number . In the game Abase , one chooses a base from 2 to 10 and guesses a number the computer has chosen in that base. The game… …

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  • 4 abase — abase; abase·ment; …

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  • 5 abase — ► VERB (abase oneself) ▪ behave in a way that lessens others respect for one. DERIVATIVES abasement noun. ORIGIN Old French abaissier to lower …

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  • 6 abase — I verb abuse, adulterate, belittle, bring down, brutalize, calumniate, debase, decivilize, defame, deform, degrade, demean, demote, derogate, diminish, discredit, disgrace, dishonor, downgrade, humble, humiliate, lower, pervert, reduce, set down …

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  • 7 abase — (v.) late 14c., abaishen, from O.Fr. abaissier diminish, make lower in value or status (12c.), from V.L. *ad bassiare bring lower, from L.L. bassus thick, fat, low; from the same source as BASE (Cf. base) (adj.) and altered 16c. in English by… …

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  • 8 abase — [v] deprive of self esteem, confidence belittle, debase, degrade, demean, diminish, disgrace, dishonor, humble, humiliate, lower, mortify, reduce, shame; concepts 7,19 Ant. cherish, dignify, exalt, extol, honor, respect …

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  • 9 abase — [ə bās′] vt. abased, abasing [ME abessen < OFr abaissier < ML abassare, to lower, bring down < L ad (see A 2) + VL bassus, low] 1. to humble or humiliate [he abased himself before the king] 2. Archaic to lower; cast down SYN. DEGRADE …

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  • 10 abase — UK [əˈbeɪs] / US verb Word forms abase : present tense I/you/we/they abase he/she/it abases present participle abasing past tense abased past participle abased formal abase yourself Derived word: abasement noun uncountable …

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  • 11 abase — verb /əˈbeɪs/ a) To lower physically or depress; to stoop; to throw or cast down; as, to abase the eye. Saying so, he abased his lance. b) To cast down or to lower, as in rank, office, condition in life or estimation of wort …

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  • 12 abase — a|base [əˈbeıs] v [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: abaisser, from Vulgar Latin bassiare to lower ] abase yourself to behave in a way that shows you accept that someone has complete power over you >abasement n [U] …

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  • 13 abase — a|base [ ə beıs ] verb FORMAL abase yourself to behave in a way that makes other people respect you less ╾ a|base|ment noun uncount …

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  • 14 abase — [ə beɪs] verb (usu. abase oneself) behave in a way that belittles or degrades (someone). Derivatives abasement noun Origin ME: from OFr. abaissier, from a (from L. ad to, at ) + baissier to lower …

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  • 15 abase — verb abase yourself to behave in a way that shows you accept that someone has complete power over you abasement noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 abase — verb 1) Dunlap had a reputation for openly abasing his employees Syn: humble, humiliate, belittle, demean, lower, degrade, debase, cheapen, discredit, bring low. See note at humble 2) I d rather lose my job than contin …

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  • 17 abase — /əˈbeɪs / (say uh bays) verb (t) (abased, abasing) 1. (chiefly reflexive) to reduce or lower, as in rank, office, estimation; humble; degrade. 2. Obsolete to lower physically; bring down: to abase your eyes. {blend of base2 and Middle English… …

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  • 18 abase — transitive verb (abased; abasing) Etymology: Middle English abassen, from Anglo French abesser, abaisser, from a (from Latin ad ) + besser, from Vulgar Latin *bassiare to lower Date: 15th century 1. archaic to lower physically …

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  • 19 abase — abasement, n. abaser, n. /euh bays /, v.t., abased, abasing. 1. to reduce or lower, as in rank, office, reputation, or estimation; humble; degrade. 2. Archaic, to lower; put or bring down: He abased his head. [1470 80; A 5 + BASE2; r. late ME… …

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  • 20 abase — Synonyms and related words: abash, bring down, bring low, bump, bust, cast down, cower, cringe, crush, debase, degrade, demean, demote, deplume, diminish, disgrade, displume, downgrade, dump, dump on, fawn, grovel, humble, humiliate, lower, put… …

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