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Definition of debase verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they debase
    he / she / it debases
    past simple debased
    -ing form debasing
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  1. 1debase somebody/something to make someone or something less valuable or respected synonym devalue Professional sports are being debased by commercial sponsorship.
  2. 2debase something to lower the value of a country's coins by reducing the quantity of valuable metal in them
noun [uncountable]
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