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humble

adjective uk   /ˈhʌm.bl̩/ us  
C2 not proud or not believing that you are important: He's very humble about his success.formal Please accept our humble apologies for the error. In my humble opinion (= I want to emphasize that I think that) we should never have bought the car in the first place. C2 poor or of a low social rank: Even when she became rich and famous, she never forgot her humble background. ordinary; not special or very important: At that time she was just a humble mechanic.humorous Welcome to our humble abode (= our home).

humble

verb [T] uk   /ˈhʌm.bl̩/ us  
to make someone understand that they are not as important or special as they thught: He was humbled by the child's generosity. The world champion was humbled (= unexpectedly defeated) by an unknown outsider in last night's race.
humbling
adjective uk   /-blɪŋ/ us  
It's a humbling experience to see people being so positive about life when they have so little.
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