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Definition of demean verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    demean

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//dɪˈmin//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they demean
     
    he / she / it demeans
     
    past simple demeaned
     
    -ing form demeaning
     
     
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  1. 1demean yourself to do something that makes people have less respect for you I wouldn't demean myself by asking for charity.
  2. 2demean somebody/something to make people have less respect for someone or something synonym degrade Such images demean women. Behavior like this demeans politics.
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