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English definition of “humble”


adjective     /ˈhʌmbl/
NOT PROUD not proud or not believing that you are important : He's very humble about his success .Shy and modestAnxious and worried
POOR poor or of a low social rank : She rose from humble beginnings to become Prime Minister .Poverty and poor
humbly adverb
(Definition of humble adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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