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be·lit·tle

 (bĭ-lĭt′l)
tr.v. be·lit·tled, be·lit·tling, be·lit·tles
1. To represent or speak of as unimportant or contemptible: a person who belittled our efforts to do the job right. See Synonyms at disparage.
2. To cause to seem little or smaller than something else: "Away on the very edge of the cliffs, close under the sky, were pines, belittled by distance" (Stewart Edward White).

be·lit′tle·ment n.
be·lit′tler n.

belittle

(bɪˈlɪtəl)
vb (tr)
1. to consider or speak of (something) as less valuable or important than it really is; disparage
2. to cause to make small; dwarf
beˈlittlement n
beˈlittler n
beˈlittlingly adv

be•lit•tle

(bɪˈlɪt l)

v.t. -tled, -tling.
to regard or portray as less impressive or important than appearances indicate; disparage.
[1775–85, Amer.]
be•lit′tle•ment, n.
be•lit′tler, n.

belittle


Past participle: belittled
Gerund: belittling

Imperative
belittle
belittle
Present
I belittle
you belittle
he/she/it belittles
we belittle
you belittle
they belittle
Preterite
I belittled
you belittled
he/she/it belittled
we belittled
you belittled
they belittled
Present Continuous
I am belittling
you are belittling
he/she/it is belittling
we are belittling
you are belittling
they are belittling
Present Perfect
I have belittled
you have belittled
he/she/it has belittled
we have belittled
you have belittled
they have belittled
Past Continuous
I was belittling
you were belittling
he/she/it was belittling
we were belittling
you were belittling
they were belittling
Past Perfect
I had belittled
you had belittled
he/she/it had belittled
we had belittled
you had belittled
they had belittled
Future
I will belittle
you will belittle
he/she/it will belittle
we will belittle
you will belittle
they will belittle
Future Perfect
I will have belittled
you will have belittled
he/she/it will have belittled
we will have belittled
you will have belittled
they will have belittled
Future Continuous
I will be belittling
you will be belittling
he/she/it will be belittling
we will be belittling
you will be belittling
they will be belittling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been belittling
you have been belittling
he/she/it has been belittling
we have been belittling
you have been belittling
they have been belittling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been belittling
you will have been belittling
he/she/it will have been belittling
we will have been belittling
you will have been belittling
they will have been belittling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been belittling
you had been belittling
he/she/it had been belittling
we had been belittling
you had been belittling
they had been belittling
Conditional
I would belittle
you would belittle
he/she/it would belittle
we would belittle
you would belittle
they would belittle
Past Conditional
I would have belittled
you would have belittled
he/she/it would have belittled
we would have belittled
you would have belittled
they would have belittled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.belittle - cause to seem less serious; play down; "Don't belittle his influence"
disparage, belittle, pick at - express a negative opinion of; "She disparaged her student's efforts"
talk down - belittle through talk
2.belittle - express a negative opinion of; "She disparaged her student's efforts"
criticise, criticize, pick apart, knock - find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws; "The paper criticized the new movie"; "Don't knock the food--it's free"
tear apart, trash, pan - express a totally negative opinion of; "The critics panned the performance"
discredit, disgrace - damage the reputation of; "This newspaper story discredits the politicians"
depreciate, vilipend, deprecate - belittle; "The teacher should not deprecate his student's efforts"
belittle, denigrate, derogate, minimize - cause to seem less serious; play down; "Don't belittle his influence"
3.belittle - lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation ofbelittle - lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of; "don't belittle your colleagues"
minify, decrease, lessen - make smaller; "He decreased his staff"

belittle

belittle

verb
To think, represent, or speak of as small or unimportant:
Translations
يُقَلِّل من قيمَة
shazovatsnižovatznevažovat
bagatelliserenedvurdere
vähätellä
kicsinyellekicsinyel
gera lítiî úr
menkintisumenkinti
noniecināt
znevážiť
küçük görmekküçültmekküçümsemek

belittle

[bɪˈlɪtl] VT (= demean) → menospreciar; (= minimize) → quitar importancia a, minimizar

belittle

[bɪˈlɪtəl] vt [+ person, achievement] → déprécier, rabaisser

belittle

vtherabsetzen, heruntermachen (inf); achievement alsoschmälern; to belittle oneselfsich schlechter machen, als man ist

belittle

[bɪˈlɪtl] vtsminuire

belittle

(biˈlitl) verb
to make to seem unimportant (usually by harsh criticism). She belittled his achievements.
References in classic literature ?
Dave, I wasn't meaning to belittle that science; I was only chaffing-- chattering, I reckon I'd better say.
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Rather it was the city person's point of view he was inclined to belittle.
Such influences have sometimes seemed to belittle those who are the subject of them, at the least to be likely to narrow the range of their sympathies.
Wouldst even belittle the act which we all witnessed?
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Prasad further asked the nation not to belittle the sacrifices made by the men in uniform.
I say this not to belittle the point Mrs Thomas makes, but to balance out some of the good points of the job, as I fear Mrs Thomas' letter could put some people off a career in nursing.
We were never in this, in any way, to belittle boxing.
There are still people who abuse the privilege of celebrity to belittle others.
PDSH is also quiet while we know how provocative, sardonic and withering Menduh Thaci is when he wants to belittle his angry political rival.