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abase (uh BAYS) (verb), abases; abased; abasing
1. To become humble, to degrade, or to bring low: The Bible says that the person who is overly proud of his or her accomplishments will be abased.
2. To bring down to size, to humiliate, or to disgrace: Emily's political opponent was abasing her perceived successful years in office.
3. To behave in such a way as to make oneself seem less deserving of respect: The two political candidates were insulting and abasing each other on TV, in newspapers, and on the radio.
4. Etymology: from Late Latin bassus, "low".

To humble or to humiliate.
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To lower in rank, esteem, or prestige.
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To make an opponent lower in prestige, to humble or to humiliate him or her. (2)