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adjective humble pronunciation in American English /ˈhʌmb(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    not proud and not thinking that you are better than other people
    He was a genuinely humble man.
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  2. 2
    from a low social class
    humble beginnings/origins/background: He had risen from humble origins to amass immense wealth.
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      with a low status
      I’m just a humble receptionist.
  3. 3
    simple and with only basic equipment or features
    They lived in a humble two-roomed apartment.
  4. 4
    [only before noun] very common or old-fashioned but still useful or important
    The humble potato is the most versatile vegetable in the supermarket.

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