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

 

denigrate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈdenɪɡreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdenɪɡreɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they denigrate
BrE BrE//ˈdenɪɡreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdenɪɡreɪt//
 
he / she / it denigrates
BrE BrE//ˈdenɪɡreɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdenɪɡreɪts//
 
past simple denigrated
BrE BrE//ˈdenɪɡreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdenɪɡreɪtɪd//
 
past participle denigrated
BrE BrE//ˈdenɪɡreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdenɪɡreɪtɪd//
 
-ing form denigrating
BrE BrE//ˈdenɪɡreɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdenɪɡreɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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denigrate somebody/something (formal) to criticize somebody/something unfairly; to say somebody/something does not have any value or is not important synonym belittle I didn't intend to denigrate her achievements. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘blacken, make dark’): from Latin denigrat- ‘blackened’, from the verb denigrare, from de- ‘away, completely’ + nigrare (from niger ‘black’).
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