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Definition of condescend verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they condescend
    he / she / it condescends
    past simple condescended
    -ing form condescending
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  1. 1[intransitive] condescend to somebody to behave toward someone as though you are more important and more intelligent than they are When giving a talk, be careful not to condescend to your audience.
  2. 2[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.
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noun [uncountable] Her smile was a mixture of pity and condescension. She gave me some friendly advice without a trace of condescension.
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