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Definition of condescend verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    condescend

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘give way, defer’): from Old French condescendre, from ecclesiastical Latin condescendere, from con- ‘together’ + descendere ‘descend’.
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