Hum·ble v. t. [imp. & p. p. Humbled p. pr. & vb. n. Humbling ]
1. To bring low; to reduce the power, independence, or exaltation of; to lower; to abase; to humilate.
Here, take this purse, thou whom the heaven's plagues
Have humbled to all strokes. --Shak.
The genius which humbled six marshals of France. --Macaulay.
2. To make humble or lowly in mind; to abase the pride or arrogance of; to reduce the self-sufficiently of; to make meek and submissive; -- often used rexlexively.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you. --1 Pet. v. 6.
Syn: -- To abase; lower; depress; humiliate; mortify; disgrace; degrade.
adj : causing awareness of your shortcomings; "golf is a humbling
game" [syn: demeaning, humiliating, mortifying]