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de·grade

 (dĭ-grād′)
v. de·grad·ed, de·grad·ing, de·grades
v.tr.
1. To lower in quality or value; make inferior or less valuable: land that was degraded by overgrazing; a virus that degrades the computer's performance.
2. To lower in dignity; dishonor or disgrace: seemed to feel that he was degrading himself in accepting the invitation. See Synonyms at debase.
3. To reduce in grade, rank, or status; demote.
4. Geology To lower or wear away by erosion or weathering.
5. To cause (an organic compound) to undergo degradation.
v.intr.
1. To fall to a lower rank or status.
2. To undergo degradation; decompose: a chemical that degrades rapidly.

[Middle English degraden, from Old French degrader, from Late Latin dēgradāre : Latin dē-, de- + Latin gradus, step; see ghredh- in Indo-European roots.]

de·grad′er n.

degrade

(dɪˈɡreɪd)
vb
1. (tr) to reduce in worth, character, etc; disgrace; dishonour
2. (tr) to reduce in rank, status, or degree; remove from office; demote
3. (tr) to reduce in strength, quality, intensity, etc
4. (Physical Geography) to reduce or be reduced by erosion or down-cutting, as a land surface or bed of a river. Compare aggrade
5. (Chemistry) chem to decompose or be decomposed into atoms or smaller molecules
[C14: from Late Latin dēgradāre, from Latin de- + gradus rank, degree]
deˈgrader n

de•grade

(dɪˈgreɪd or, for 3, di-)

v. -grad•ed, -grad•ing. v.t.
1. to lower in dignity or estimation; bring into contempt.
2. to lower in character or quality; debase.
3. to reduce (someone) to a lower rank, etc., esp. as a punishment.
4. to reduce in amount, strength, intensity, etc.
5. to wear down by erosion, as hills. Compare aggrade.
6. to break down (an organic compound).
v.i.
7. to worsen; deteriorate.
8. (esp. of an organic compound) to break down or decompose.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Late Latin dēgradāre= Latin dē- de- + -gradāre, derivative of Latin gradus grade]
de•grad′er, n.
de•grad′ing•ly, adv.
syn: See humble.

degrade


Past participle: degraded
Gerund: degrading

Imperative
degrade
degrade
Present
I degrade
you degrade
he/she/it degrades
we degrade
you degrade
they degrade
Preterite
I degraded
you degraded
he/she/it degraded
we degraded
you degraded
they degraded
Present Continuous
I am degrading
you are degrading
he/she/it is degrading
we are degrading
you are degrading
they are degrading
Present Perfect
I have degraded
you have degraded
he/she/it has degraded
we have degraded
you have degraded
they have degraded
Past Continuous
I was degrading
you were degrading
he/she/it was degrading
we were degrading
you were degrading
they were degrading
Past Perfect
I had degraded
you had degraded
he/she/it had degraded
we had degraded
you had degraded
they had degraded
Future
I will degrade
you will degrade
he/she/it will degrade
we will degrade
you will degrade
they will degrade
Future Perfect
I will have degraded
you will have degraded
he/she/it will have degraded
we will have degraded
you will have degraded
they will have degraded
Future Continuous
I will be degrading
you will be degrading
he/she/it will be degrading
we will be degrading
you will be degrading
they will be degrading
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been degrading
you have been degrading
he/she/it has been degrading
we have been degrading
you have been degrading
they have been degrading
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been degrading
you will have been degrading
he/she/it will have been degrading
we will have been degrading
you will have been degrading
they will have been degrading
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been degrading
you had been degrading
he/she/it had been degrading
we had been degrading
you had been degrading
they had been degrading
Conditional
I would degrade
you would degrade
he/she/it would degrade
we would degrade
you would degrade
they would degrade
Past Conditional
I would have degraded
you would have degraded
he/she/it would have degraded
we would have degraded
you would have degraded
they would have degraded
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.degrade - reduce the level of land, as by erosion
aggrade - build up to a level by depositing sediment
2.degrade - reduce in worth or character, usually verbally; "She tends to put down younger women colleagues"; "His critics took him down after the lecture"
abase, chagrin, humiliate, humble, mortify - cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of; "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss"
reduce - lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation; "She reduced her niece to a servant"
dehumanise, dehumanize - deprive of human qualities; "Life in poverty has dehumanized them"
3.degrade - 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

degrade

verb
2. damage, injure, harm, mar, undermine, weaken, spoil, impair the ability to meet human needs without degrading the environment
3. break down, decay, degenerate, atrophy This substance degrades rapidly in the soil.
4. demote, reduce, lower, downgrade, depose, cashier, unseat He was degraded to a lower rank.
demote raise, promote, elevate

degrade

verb
1. To lower in rank or grade:
Slang: bust.
2. To deprive of esteem, self-worth, or effectiveness:
Idioms: bring low, take down a peg.
3. To lower in character or quality:
Translations
يَحُطُّ من قَدْر
ponížit
fornedrenedværdige
lealacsonyít
óvirîa, smána
pažemintižeminantis
degradētpazeminātpazemot
aşağılamakküçük düşürmek

degrade

[dɪˈgreɪd]
A. VT
1. (gen) → degradar
to degrade o.sdegradarse
2. (Chem, Phys) (= break down) → degradar
3. (Mil) [+ weaponry etc] → mermar, diezmar
B. VI
1. (gen) → degradarse
2. (Chem, Phys) (= break down) → degradarse

degrade

[dɪˈgreɪd] vt
[+ person] → avilir
[+ environment, land] → dégrader

degrade

vterniedrigen; (esp Mil: = lower in rank) → degradieren; (Geol) → erodieren; (Chem) → abbauen; to degrade oneselfsich erniedrigen; I wouldn’t degrade myself by doing thatich würde mich nicht dazu erniedrigen, das zu tun
vi (Chem: = break down) → sich abbauen

degrade

[dɪˈgreɪd] vtdegradare

degrade

(diˈgreid) verb
to disgrace or make contemptible. He felt degraded by having to ask for money.
deˈgrading adjective
tending to make lower in rank etc or to disgrace. a degrading occupation.
References in classic literature ?
The crown of France shall never degrade the lance to the distaff'," said Montcalm, dryly, and with a little hauteur; but instantly adding, with his former frank and easy air: "as all the nobler qualities are hereditary, I can easily credit you; though, as I said before, courage has its limits, and humanity must not be forgotten.
The capitalist and aristocrat of England cannot feel that as we do, because they do not mingle with the class they degrade as we do.
and this dear parlour in which our acquaintance first began, and in which so many happy hours have been since spent by us together, you would degrade to the condition of a common entrance, and every body would be eager to pass through the room which has hitherto contained within itself more real accommodation and comfort than any other apartment of the handsomest dimensions in the world could possibly afford.
My clothes hung loose on me; for I was much wasted, but I covered deficiencies with a shawl, and once more, clean and respectable looking--no speck of the dirt, no trace of the disorder I so hated, and which seemed so to degrade me, left--I crept down a stone staircase with the aid of the banisters, to a narrow low passage, and found my way presently to the kitchen.
It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him: and that, not because he's handsome, Nelly, but because he's more myself than I am.
Creakle,' he returned in a low voice, 'as I said; that no pupil had a right to avail himself of his position of favouritism to degrade me.
Nor shalt thou by descending to assume Mans Nature, less'n or degrade thine owne.
The senses could refine, and the intellect could degrade.
I am your vassal, but I am not your slave; your nobility neither has nor should have any right to dishonour or degrade my humble birth; and low-born peasant as I am, I have my self-respect as much as you, a lord and gentleman: with me your violence will be to no purpose, your wealth will have no weight, your words will have no power to deceive me, nor your sighs or tears to soften me: were I to see any of the things I speak of in him whom my parents gave me as a husband, his will should be mine, and mine should be bounded by his; and my honour being preserved even though my inclinations were not would willingly yield him what you, senor, would now obtain by force; and this I say lest you should suppose that any but my lawful husband shall ever win anything of me.
There is scarcely anything that can wound the pride or degrade the character of an independent nation which we do not experience.
No one could have gone out of his way to degrade himself more shamelessly, and I fully realised it, fully, and yet I went on pacing up and down from the table to the stove.
Accustomed," adds Captain Bonneville, "as I had heretofore been, to find the wretched Indian revelling in blood, and stained by every vice which can degrade human nature, I could scarcely realize the scene which I had witnessed.