- 1[transitive] degrade somebody to show or treat someone in a way that makes them seem not worth any respect or not worth taking seriously This poster is offensive and degrades women.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] degrade (something) (technology) to change or make something change to a simpler chemical form
- 3[transitive] degrade something (technology) to make something become worse, especially in quality
NAmE//dɪˈɡreɪd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they degrade
he / she / it degrades
past simple degraded
-ing form degrading