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

 

debase

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈbeɪs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈbeɪs//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they debase
BrE BrE//dɪˈbeɪs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈbeɪs//
 
he / she / it debases
BrE BrE//dɪˈbeɪsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈbeɪsɪz//
 
past simple debased
BrE BrE//dɪˈbeɪst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈbeɪst//
 
past participle debased
BrE BrE//dɪˈbeɪst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈbeɪst//
 
-ing form debasing
BrE BrE//dɪˈbeɪsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈbeɪsɪŋ//
 
 
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debase somebody/something to make somebody/something less valuable or respected synonym devalue Sport is being debased by commercial sponsorship. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘humiliate, belittle’): from de- ‘down’ + the obsolete verb base (compare with abase), expressing the notion ‘bring down completely’.
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