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

 

deign

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//deɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//deɪn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they deign
BrE BrE//deɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//deɪn//
 
he / she / it deigns
BrE BrE//deɪnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//deɪnz//
 
past simple deigned
BrE BrE//deɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//deɪnd//
 
past participle deigned
BrE BrE//deɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//deɪnd//
 
-ing form deigning
BrE BrE//ˈdeɪnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdeɪnɪŋ//
 
 
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deign to do something (disapproving) to do something in a way that shows you think you are too important to do it synonym condescend She just grunted, not deigning to look up from the page. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French degnier, from Latin dignare, dignari ‘deem worthy’, from dignus ‘worthy’.
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