- 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[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.
NAmE//ˌkɑndəˈsɛnd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they condescend
he / she / it condescends
past simple condescended
-ing form condescending
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NAmE//ˌkɑndəˈsɛnʃn//noun [uncountable] Her smile was a mixture of pity and condescension. She gave me some friendly advice without a trace of condescension.