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

     

    degrade

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪˈɡreɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈɡreɪd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they degrade
    BrE BrE//dɪˈɡreɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈɡreɪd//
     
    he / she / it degrades
    BrE BrE//dɪˈɡreɪdz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈɡreɪdz//
     
    past simple degraded
    BrE BrE//dɪˈɡreɪdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈɡreɪdɪd//
     
    past participle degraded
    BrE BrE//dɪˈɡreɪdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈɡreɪdɪd//
     
    -ing form degrading
    BrE BrE//dɪˈɡreɪdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈɡreɪdɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] degrade somebody to show or treat somebody 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) (specialist) to change or make something change to a simpler chemical form
  3. 3[transitive] degrade something (specialist) to make something become worse, especially in quality
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French degrader, from ecclesiastical Latin degradare, from de- ‘down, away from’ + Latin gradus ‘step or grade’.
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