Part of speech:
Like "eat," "try," and "want," all transitive verbs do something to an object.
(You eat a banana, try a game, and want a new phone.)
Likewise, you abase someone or something.
To abase someone or something, or to abase yourself, is to make that person or thing have a lower reputation or lower level of respect.
abased, abasing, abasement
How to use it:
Talk about someone or something abasing himself/herself/itself by doing something. We almost always use it reflexively like that: I abase myself, you abase yourself, he abases himself, and so on.
Stand-up comedians are usually willing to abase themselves for the sake of humor, making jokes at their own expense while revealing their weaknesses, physical imperfections, and bad habits.
You won't abase yourself by taking a job as a janitor, so take pride in your work and be grateful for the employment.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "abase" means when you can explain it without saying "reputation" or "respect."
Think of the last time you did or said something embarrassing that made yourself look less honorable or less respectable than you really are, and fill in the blank: "I can't believe I abased myself by _____." If you can't remember having done something like this, use a friend's behavior as your example instead.
Example: "I can't believe I abased myself by yelling at the waiter when the mistake with the food wasn't even his fault."
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Playing With Words:
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"out of" + "rule" + "having" = ?
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A Point Well Made:
William H. Armstrong: "If a flower blooms once, it goes on blooming somewhere forever. It blooms on for whoever has seen it blooming."
1. The opposite of ABASE is
2. After his girlfriend broke up with him, Rob was unwilling to abase himself by ______.
A. going out with his friends to have fun
B. dating someone else immediately
C. begging her to take him back
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