embase

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See also: embasé

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From em- +‎ base. Compare Old French embaissier.

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Verb[edit]

embase (third-person singular simple present embases, present participle embasing, simple past and past participle embased)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To lower physically.
    • 1608, [Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas], “(please specify the page)”, in Josuah Sylvester, transl., Du Bartas His Deuine Weekes and Workes [], 3rd edition, London: [] Humfrey Lownes [and are to be sold by Arthur Iohnson []], published 1611, OCLC 1181680849:
      [God had] Embast the valleys, and embost the hills.
  2. (archaic, transitive) To bring down or lower in position, status, etc.; to degrade, humiliate.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. [], London: [] [John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938, book 3, canto 1:
      And either vowd with all their power and witt
      To let not others honour be defaste
      Of friend or foe, who ever it embaste []
    • 1692–1717, Robert South, Twelve Sermons Preached upon Several Occasions, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), 6th edition, London: [] J[ames] Bettenham, for Jonah Bowyer, [], published 1727, OCLC 21766567:
      Such pitiful embellishments of speech as serve for nothing but to embase divinity.
  3. (archaic, transitive) To lower the value of (a coin, commodity etc.); to debase (a coin) with alloy.

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Portuguese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: em‧ba‧se
  • Rhymes: -azi, -azɨ

Verb[edit]

embase

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of embasar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of embasar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of embasar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of embasar

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

embase

  1. only used in me embase, first-person singular present subjunctive of embasarse
  2. only used in se embase, third-person singular present subjunctive of embasarse