In Sanskrit the word is namah + te = namaste which means “I bow to you” - my greetings, salutations or prostration to you.
The word ‘namaha’ can also be literally interpreted as “na ma” (not mine). It has a spiritual significance of negating or reducing one’s ego in the presence of another.

One of the advantages of humility is that it enables us to learn from everyone. A proud person cannot learn from other people because he feels he already knows better than they. On the other hand, a humble person who respects everyone and recognizes that they may even be emanations of Buddha has the openness of mind to learn from everyone and every situation.
—  Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness”
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