- 1[transitive] condescend to do something (often disapproving) to do something that you think it is below your social or professional position to do synonym deign We had to wait almost an hour before he condescended to see us.
- 2[intransitive] condescend to somebody to behave towards somebody as though you are more important and more intelligent than they are When giving a talk, be careful not to condescend to your audience. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘give way, defer’): from Old French condescendre, from ecclesiastical Latin condescendere, from con-
BrE BrE//ˌkɒndɪˈsend//; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːndɪˈsend//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they condescend
BrE BrE//ˌkɒndɪˈsend//; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːndɪˈsend//he / she / it condescends
BrE BrE//ˌkɒndɪˈsendz//; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːndɪˈsendz//past simple condescended
BrE BrE//ˌkɒndɪˈsendɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːndɪˈsendɪd//past participle condescended
BrE BrE//ˌkɒndɪˈsendɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːndɪˈsendɪd//-ing form condescending
BrE BrE//ˌkɒndɪˈsendɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːndɪˈsendɪŋ//