cheapen


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cheap·en

 (chē′pən)
v. cheap·ened, cheap·en·ing, cheap·ens
v.tr.
1. To make cheap or cheaper.
2. To lower in public estimation; debase or degrade: misconduct that cheapened a high office.
v.intr.
To become cheap or cheaper.

cheap′en·er n.

cheapen

(ˈtʃiːpən)
vb
1. to make or become lower in reputation, quality, etc; degrade or be degraded
2. to make or become cheap or cheaper
ˈcheapener n

cheap•en

(ˈtʃi pən)

v.t.
1. to make cheap or cheaper.
2. to lower in esteem.
3. to decrease the quality of; make inferior or vulgar.
4. Archaic. to bargain for.
v.i.
5. to become cheap.
[1555–65; cheap + -en1; in part continuing Middle English chepen to bargain, Old English cēapian, derivative of cēap]
cheap′en•er, n.

cheapen


Past participle: cheapened
Gerund: cheapening

Imperative
cheapen
cheapen
Present
I cheapen
you cheapen
he/she/it cheapens
we cheapen
you cheapen
they cheapen
Preterite
I cheapened
you cheapened
he/she/it cheapened
we cheapened
you cheapened
they cheapened
Present Continuous
I am cheapening
you are cheapening
he/she/it is cheapening
we are cheapening
you are cheapening
they are cheapening
Present Perfect
I have cheapened
you have cheapened
he/she/it has cheapened
we have cheapened
you have cheapened
they have cheapened
Past Continuous
I was cheapening
you were cheapening
he/she/it was cheapening
we were cheapening
you were cheapening
they were cheapening
Past Perfect
I had cheapened
you had cheapened
he/she/it had cheapened
we had cheapened
you had cheapened
they had cheapened
Future
I will cheapen
you will cheapen
he/she/it will cheapen
we will cheapen
you will cheapen
they will cheapen
Future Perfect
I will have cheapened
you will have cheapened
he/she/it will have cheapened
we will have cheapened
you will have cheapened
they will have cheapened
Future Continuous
I will be cheapening
you will be cheapening
he/she/it will be cheapening
we will be cheapening
you will be cheapening
they will be cheapening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been cheapening
you have been cheapening
he/she/it has been cheapening
we have been cheapening
you have been cheapening
they have been cheapening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been cheapening
you will have been cheapening
he/she/it will have been cheapening
we will have been cheapening
you will have been cheapening
they will have been cheapening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been cheapening
you had been cheapening
he/she/it had been cheapening
we had been cheapening
you had been cheapening
they had been cheapening
Conditional
I would cheapen
you would cheapen
he/she/it would cheapen
we would cheapen
you would cheapen
they would cheapen
Past Conditional
I would have cheapened
you would have cheapened
he/she/it would have cheapened
we would have cheapened
you would have cheapened
they would have cheapened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.cheapen - lower the grade of something; reduce its worth
aggravate, exacerbate, worsen, exasperate - make worse; "This drug aggravates the pain"
devaluate, devalue - remove the value from; deprive of its value

cheapen

verb degrade, lower, discredit, devalue, demean, belittle, depreciate, debase, derogate Love is a word cheapened by overuse.

cheapen

verb
1. To become or make less in price or value:
2. To lower in character or quality:
Translations

cheapen

[ˈtʃiːpən]
A. VT (= make cheaper) [+ cost] → abaratar (fig) (= debase) [+ sb's name, work] → degradar
to cheapen o.shacer cosas indignas, rebajarse
B. VIabaratarse

cheapen

[ˈtʃiːpən] vt (= devalue) [+ word, concept, image] → rabaisser, déprécier
to cheapen o.s. → se rabaisser

cheapen

vt (lit)verbilligen, herabsetzen; (fig)herabsetzen, schlechtmachen; to cheapen oneselfsich entwürdigen

cheapen

[ˈtʃiːpn] vt to cheapen o.s.svendersi, screditarsi; (woman, sexually) → degradarsi
References in classic literature ?
She had scored against me fairly, and I wasn't going to cheapen her victory by disputing it.
How to extend the service and at the same time cheapen it to small users--that was the Gordian knot; and the man who unquestionably did most to untie it was Edward J.
I was in a state of tremor, partly at the vague idea that I was the object of reprobation, partly in the agitation of my first hatred-- hatred of this big, spectacled man, who pulled my head about as if he wanted to buy and cheapen it.
I must look into that: it would cheapen the repairs.
I learned such things then, and they cheapen what I have since learned.
He loved with single heart and refused to cheapen himself or his love.
Thoroughly aware she was that as she cheapened herself so did she cheapen love.
Lors, I think the moths an' the mildew was sent by Providence o' purpose to cheapen the goods a bit for the good-lookin' women as han't got much money.
The national anthem enjoys a powerful resonance when sung before major sporting encounters and on military occasions but to make it compulsory would cheapen it.
Gay and lesbian couples getting married doesn't cheapen marriage.
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Exemption of the chain of hydropower plants in the upper course of the Naryn river from taxes and customs fees will cheapen the project, Deputy Energy Minister Aibek Kaliev told reporters on February 22.