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

     

    demean

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪˈmiːn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmiːn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they demean
    BrE BrE//dɪˈmiːn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmiːn//
     
    he / she / it demeans
    BrE BrE//dɪˈmiːnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmiːnz//
     
    past simple demeaned
    BrE BrE//dɪˈmiːnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmiːnd//
     
    past participle demeaned
    BrE BrE//dɪˈmiːnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmiːnd//
     
    -ing form demeaning
    BrE BrE//dɪˈmiːnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmiːnɪŋ//
     
     
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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 somebody/something synonym degrade Such images demean women. Behaviour like this demeans politics.
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from de- ‘away, down’ + the adjective mean, on the pattern of debase.
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