Degrade meaning

dĭ-grād
To lower in dignity; dishonor or disgrace.

Seemed to feel that he was degrading himself in accepting the invitation.

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To degrade is defined as to treat someone with disrespect, to lower someone's rank, to make something not as good, or to break down or deteriorate.

When you talk down to someone and insult him, this is an example of a time when you degrade the person.

When a substance begins to rot, this is an example of a time when it degrades.

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To lower in quality or value; make inferior or less valuable.

Land that was degraded by overgrazing; a virus that degrades the computer's performance.

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To reduce in grade, rank, or status; demote.
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To lower or wear away by erosion or weathering.
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To cause (an organic compound) to undergo degradation.
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To fall to a lower rank or status.
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To undergo degradation; decompose.

A chemical that degrades rapidly.

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To lower in rank or status, as in punishing; demote.
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To lower or corrupt in quality, moral character, or value; debase.
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To bring into dishonor or contempt.
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To convert (an organic compound) into a simpler compound by removal of one or more parts of the molecule; decompose.
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To lower (a land surface) by erosion.
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To sink to a lower grade or type.
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To be converted into a simpler compound or compounds; decompose.
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To cause an organic compound to undergo degradation.
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To undergo degradation; decompose.

A chemical that degrades rapidly.

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To lower in value or social position.

Fred degrades himself by his behaviour.

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(intransitive) To reduce in quality or purity.

The DNA sample has degraded.

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(geology) To reduce in altitude or magnitude, as hills and mountains; to wear down.
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Origin of degrade

  • Middle English degraden from Old French degrader from Late Latin dēgradāre Latin dē- de- Latin gradus step ghredh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French dégrader

    From Wiktionary