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cap in hand, deferentially, diffidently, meekly, modestly, obsequiously, on bended knee, respectfully, servilely, submissively, subserviently, unassumingly  
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  ( humbler    comparative)   ( humblest    superlative)   ( humbles    3rd person present)   ( humbling    present participle)   ( humbled    past tense & past participle  )
1       adj   A humble person is not proud and does not believe that they are better than other people.,   (Antonym: proud)    He gave a great performance, but he was very humble...     
   humbly             adv   ADV with v  
`I'm a lucky man, undeservedly lucky,' he said humbly.     
2       adj   People with low social status are sometimes described as humble.  
usu ADJ n   (=lowly)  
Spyros Latsis started his career as a humble fisherman in the Aegean...     
3       adj   A humble place or thing is ordinary and not special in any way.  
There are restaurants, both humble and expensive, that specialize in them...     
4       adj   People use humble in a phrase such as in my humble opinion as a polite way of emphasizing what they think, even though they do not feel humble about it.,   (politeness)    (=modest)  
It is, in my humble opinion, perhaps the best steak restaurant in Great Britain.     
   humbly             adv   ADV before v  
So may I humbly suggest we all do something next time.     
5    If you eat humble pie, you speak or behave in a way which tells people that you admit you were wrong about something.  
eat humble pie             phrase   V inflects  
Anson was forced to eat humble pie and publicly apologise to her.     
6       verb   If you humble someone who is more important or powerful than you, you defeat them easily.  
Honda won fame in the 1980s as the little car company that humbled the industry giants...      V n  
7       verb   If something or someone humbles you, they make you realize that you are not as important or good as you thought you were.  
Ted's words humbled me...      V n  
  humbled      adj  
I came away very humbled and recognizing that I, for one, am not well-informed.     
  humbling      adj  
Giving up an addiction is a humbling experience.     

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humble, hum, humility, humbug

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