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Meaning of humble

hum•ble

Pronunciation: (hum'bul, um'-), [key]
— adj., v., -bler, -blest, -bled, -bling.
—adj.
  1. not proud or arrogant; modest: to be humble although successful.
  2. having a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience, etc.: In the presence of so many world-famous writers I felt very humble.
  3. low in rank, importance, status, quality, etc.; lowly: of humble origin; a humble home.
  4. courteously respectful: In my humble opinion you are wrong.
  5. low in height, level, etc.; small in size: a humble member of the galaxy.
—v.t.
  1. to lower in condition, importance, or dignity; abase.
  2. to destroy the independence, power, or will of.
  3. to make meek: to humble one's heart.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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