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"humble" in British English

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humbleadjective

uk   us   /ˈhʌm.bl̩/
C2 not ​proud or not ​believing that you are ​important: He's very humble about his ​success.formal Please ​acceptour 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 ​lowsocialrank: Even when she ​becamerich 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 (= ​ourhome).

humbleverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈhʌm.bl̩/
(Definition of humble from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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humbleadjective

 us   /ˈhʌm·bəl/
  • humble adjective (NOT PROUD)

tending to ​consider yourself as having no ​specialimportance that makes you ​better than ​others; not ​proud: He’s a humble man and he’s not ​comfortabletalking about his own ​achievements.
  • humble adjective (LOW IN RANK)

low in ​rank or ​position; ​poor: She ​rose from humble ​origins to ​become one of the best-known ​political writers in the ​world.

humbleverb [T]

 /ˈhʌm·bəl/
  • humble verb [T] (MAKE LESS PROUD)

to make someone ​understand that they are not as ​important or ​special as they ​thought they were: Seeing the ​courage and ​skill of the ​disabledathletes was a humbling ​experience.
(Definition of humble from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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