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con·de·scend

 (kŏn′dĭ-sĕnd′)
intr.v. con·de·scend·ed, con·de·scend·ing, con·de·scends
1. To do something that one regards as beneath one's social rank or dignity; lower oneself. See Synonyms at stoop1.
2. To behave in a patronizing or superior manner toward someone: Viewed as a popularizer more than a scholar, he was condescended to by his academic colleagues.

[Middle English condescenden, from Old French condescendre, from Late Latin condēscendere : Latin com-, intensive pref.; see com- + dēscendere, to descend; see descend.]

con′de·scend′er n.

condescend

(ˌkɒndɪˈsɛnd)
vb (intr)
1. to act graciously towards another or others regarded as being on a lower level; behave patronizingly
2. to do something that one regards as below one's dignity
[C14: from Church Latin condēscendere to stoop, condescend, from Latin dēscendere to descend]

con•de•scend

(ˌkɒn dəˈsɛnd)

v.i.
1. to behave as if one is descending from a superior position, rank, or dignity.
2. to stoop or deign to do something: He would not condescend to misrepresent the facts.
3. to put aside one's dignity or superiority voluntarily and assume equality with one regarded as inferior.
[1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin condēscendere to come down to another's level]

condescend


Past participle: condescended
Gerund: condescending

Imperative
condescend
condescend
Present
I condescend
you condescend
he/she/it condescends
we condescend
you condescend
they condescend
Preterite
I condescended
you condescended
he/she/it condescended
we condescended
you condescended
they condescended
Present Continuous
I am condescending
you are condescending
he/she/it is condescending
we are condescending
you are condescending
they are condescending
Present Perfect
I have condescended
you have condescended
he/she/it has condescended
we have condescended
you have condescended
they have condescended
Past Continuous
I was condescending
you were condescending
he/she/it was condescending
we were condescending
you were condescending
they were condescending
Past Perfect
I had condescended
you had condescended
he/she/it had condescended
we had condescended
you had condescended
they had condescended
Future
I will condescend
you will condescend
he/she/it will condescend
we will condescend
you will condescend
they will condescend
Future Perfect
I will have condescended
you will have condescended
he/she/it will have condescended
we will have condescended
you will have condescended
they will have condescended
Future Continuous
I will be condescending
you will be condescending
he/she/it will be condescending
we will be condescending
you will be condescending
they will be condescending
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been condescending
you have been condescending
he/she/it has been condescending
we have been condescending
you have been condescending
they have been condescending
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been condescending
you will have been condescending
he/she/it will have been condescending
we will have been condescending
you will have been condescending
they will have been condescending
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been condescending
you had been condescending
he/she/it had been condescending
we had been condescending
you had been condescending
they had been condescending
Conditional
I would condescend
you would condescend
he/she/it would condescend
we would condescend
you would condescend
they would condescend
Past Conditional
I would have condescended
you would have condescended
he/she/it would have condescended
we would have condescended
you would have condescended
they would have condescended
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.condescend - behave in a patronizing and condescending manner
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
2.condescend - do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
3.condescend - debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or dishonorable way; "I won't stoop to reading other people's mail"
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
4.condescend - treat condescendingly
stoop to - make concessions to
interact - act together or towards others or with others; "He should interact more with his colleagues"

condescend

verb
1. patronize, talk down to, treat like a child, treat as inferior, treat condescendingly a writer who does not condescend to his readers
2. deign, see fit, lower yourself, be courteous enough, bend, submit, stoop, unbend (informal), vouchsafe, come down off your high horse (informal), humble or demean yourself He never condescended to notice me.

condescend

verb
1. To descend to a level considered inappropriate to one's dignity:
2. To treat in a superciliously indulgent manner:
Informal: high-hat.
Translations
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paradit labvelibu
ráčiť
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condescend

[ˌkɒndɪˈsend] VI to condescend to sbtratar a algn con condescendencia
to condescend to do sthdignarse (a) hacer algo, condescender a hacer algo

condescend

[ˌkɒndɪˈsɛnd] vi
(= deign) to condescend to do sth → daigner faire qch
(= patronize) → être condescendant(e)
to condescend to sb → traiter qn avec condescendance, prendre qn de haut

condescend

vi
(= stoop)sich herab- or herbeilassen; to condescend to do somethingsich herab- or herbeilassen, etw zu tun, geruhen (geh, iro)or so gnädig sein, etw zu tun
to condescend to somebodyjdn herablassend behandeln; he doesn’t like being condescended toer lässt sich nicht gerne von oben herab behandeln

condescend

[ˌkɒndɪˈsɛnd] vi to condescend to sbtrattare qn con sussiego
to condescend to do sth → degnarsi di fare qc, abbassarsi a fare qc

condescend

(kondiˈsend) verb
to agree (to do something) in spite of one's feeling of superiority. The president of the company condescended to having dinner with the cleaning staff.
ˌcondeˈscending adjective
giving the impression that one is superior. a condescending manner.
ˌcondeˈscendingly adverb
ˌcondeˈscension (-ʃən) noun
References in classic literature ?
A Russian prince condescended to sit in a corner for an hour and talk with a massive lady, dressed like Hamlet's mother in black velvet with a pearl bridle under her chin.
Though not a hand had been extended to greet him, nor yet an eye had condescended to watch his movements, he had also entered the lodge, as though impelled by a fate to whose decrees he submitted, seemingly, without a struggle.
However, as the request of the selectmen, I condescended to make some such statement as this in writing: "Know all men by these presents, that I, Henry Thoreau, do not wish to be regarded as a member of any society which I have not joined.
Know that the great lord and illus- trious Kni8ht, SIR SAGRAMOR LE DESIROUS naving condescended to meet the King's Minister, Hank Mor- gan, the which is surnamed The Boss, for satisfgction of offence anciently given, these wilL engage in the lists by Camelot about the fourth hour of the morning of the sixteenth day of this next succeeding month.
It was only when the carriage stopped at North Shingles, and when Captain Wragge was handing Magdalen out, that the housekeeper at last condescended to notice him.
We were all extremely glad to see Traddles so put down, and exalted Steerforth to the skies: especially when he told us, as he condescended to do, that what he had done had been done expressly for us, and for our cause; and that he had conferred a great boon upon us by unselfishly doing it.
For the Squire's wife had died long ago, and the Red House was without that presence of the wife and mother which is the fountain of wholesome love and fear in parlour and kitchen; and this helped to account not only for there being more profusion than finished excellence in the holiday provisions, but also for the frequency with which the proud Squire condescended to preside in the parlour of the Rainbow rather than under the shadow of his own dark wainscot; perhaps, also, for the fact that his sons had turned out rather ill.
The sports were regulated by an officer of inferior rank, termed the Provost of the Games; for the high rank of the marshals of the lists would have been held degraded, had they condescended to superintend the sports of the yeomanry.
Sir John even condescended to explain that the laws of political economy bind employers to buy labor in the cheapest market, and our poor friend, just as ignorant of economics as Sir John, of course did not know that this was untrue.
So he sat, while the cabman toasted the publican, and the publican toasted the cabman, and both reviewed the affairs of the nation; so he still sat, when his master condescended to return, and drive off at last down-hill, along the curve of Lynedoch Place; but even so sitting, as he passed the end of his father's street, he took one glance from between shielding fingers, and beheld a doctor's carriage at the door.