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Definition of degrade verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they degrade
    he / she / it degrades
    past simple degraded
    -ing form degrading
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  1. 1[transitive] degrade somebody to show or treat someone in a way that makes them seem not worth any respect or not worth taking seriously This poster is offensive and degrades women.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] degrade (something) (technology) to change or make something change to a simpler chemical form
  3. 3[transitive] degrade something (technology) to make something become worse, especially in quality
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: degrade