- to make cheap or cheaper
- to depreciate, belittle, or bring into contempt
- Archaic to bargain for
Origin of cheapenMiddle English chepen ; from Old English ceapian, to trade, buy (pres. meaning ; from cheap)
to become cheap or cheaper
verbcheap·ened, cheap·en·ing, cheap·ens
- To make cheap or cheaper.
- To lower in public estimation; debase or degrade: misconduct that cheapened a high office.
To become cheap or cheaper.
(third-person singular simple present cheapens, present participle cheapening, simple past and past participle cheapened)