deign


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deign

 (dān)
v. deigned, deign·ing, deigns
v.intr.
To do something that one considers beneath one's dignity; condescend: wouldn't deign to greet the servant who opened the door. See Synonyms at stoop1.
v.tr.
To condescend to give or grant; vouchsafe: "Nor would we deign him burial of his men" (Shakespeare).

[Middle English deinen, from Old French deignier, to regard as worthy, from Latin dignārī, from dignus, worthy; see dek- in Indo-European roots.]

deign

(deɪn)
vb
1. (intr) to think it fit or worthy of oneself (to do something); condescend: he will not deign to speak to us.
2. (tr) archaic to vouchsafe: he deigned no reply.
[C13: from Old French deignier, from Latin dignārī to consider worthy, from dignus worthy]

deign

(deɪn)

v.i.
1. to think fit with one's dignity; condescend: would not deign to visit us.
v.t.
2. to condescend to give or grant: deigned no reply.
[1250–1300; < Old French deignier < Latin dignārī to judge worthy]

deign


Past participle: deigned
Gerund: deigning

Imperative
deign
deign
Present
I deign
you deign
he/she/it deigns
we deign
you deign
they deign
Preterite
I deigned
you deigned
he/she/it deigned
we deigned
you deigned
they deigned
Present Continuous
I am deigning
you are deigning
he/she/it is deigning
we are deigning
you are deigning
they are deigning
Present Perfect
I have deigned
you have deigned
he/she/it has deigned
we have deigned
you have deigned
they have deigned
Past Continuous
I was deigning
you were deigning
he/she/it was deigning
we were deigning
you were deigning
they were deigning
Past Perfect
I had deigned
you had deigned
he/she/it had deigned
we had deigned
you had deigned
they had deigned
Future
I will deign
you will deign
he/she/it will deign
we will deign
you will deign
they will deign
Future Perfect
I will have deigned
you will have deigned
he/she/it will have deigned
we will have deigned
you will have deigned
they will have deigned
Future Continuous
I will be deigning
you will be deigning
he/she/it will be deigning
we will be deigning
you will be deigning
they will be deigning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been deigning
you have been deigning
he/she/it has been deigning
we have been deigning
you have been deigning
they have been deigning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been deigning
you will have been deigning
he/she/it will have been deigning
we will have been deigning
you will have been deigning
they will have been deigning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been deigning
you had been deigning
he/she/it had been deigning
we had been deigning
you had been deigning
they had been deigning
Conditional
I would deign
you would deign
he/she/it would deign
we would deign
you would deign
they would deign
Past Conditional
I would have deigned
you would have deigned
he/she/it would have deigned
we would have deigned
you would have deigned
they would have deigned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.deign - 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"

deign

verb condescend, consent, stoop, see fit, think fit, lower yourself, deem it worthy He didn't deign to reply.

deign

verb
To descend to a level considered inappropriate to one's dignity:
Translations

deign

[deɪn] VT to deign to do sthdignarse hacer algo

deign

[ˈdeɪn] vi
to deign to do sth → daigner faire qch

deign

vt to deign to do somethinggeruhen or sich herablassen, etw zu tun; he didn’t deign toer ließ sich nicht dazu herab

deign

[deɪn] vt to deign to do sthdegnarsi di fare qc
References in classic literature ?
His steward might deign to occupy it, but never, certainly, the great landed proprietor himself.
Let all know, if perchance there be any who know it not, that enchanters of my degree deign not to concern themselves with the doings of any but kings, princes, emperors, them that be born in the purple and them only.
My master,'' answered Baldwin, ``knows how to requite scorn with scorn, and blows with blows, as well as courtesy with courtesy, Since you disdain to accept from him any share of the ransom at which you have rated the arms of the other knights, I must leave his armour and his horse here, being well assured that he will never deign to mount the one nor wear the other.
Would she but deign to hear me And with one smile to cheer me.
O lady, deign to hold in remembrance this heart, thy vassal, that thus in anguish pines for love of thee.
I have no room that even your steed would deign to accept, Sir Knight; and naught save a crust of bread and pitcher of water.
But before your Lordship enters into further communications, would he deign to satisfy the curiosity of one who would gladly know whence his Visitor came?
The lady did not deign to remark him in her passage; her face was suffused with tears, and expressed much concern for the packages by which she was surrounded.
God grant that we may be guided aright, and that He will deign to watch over my husband and those dear to us both, and who are in such deadly peril.
He would not deign to examine even the masterpieces of Elephanta, or the mysterious hypogea, concealed south-east from the docks, or those fine remains of Buddhist architecture, the Kanherian grottoes of the island of Salcette.
We are discussing things seriously; but if you won't deign to give me your attention, I will drop your acquaintance.
If the marquise will deign to repeat the words I but imperfectly caught, I shall be delighted to answer," said M.