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 ?
We are discussing things seriously; but if you won't deign to give me your attention, I will drop your acquaintance.
No doubt, in the eyes of men, it has none; but I look on it as a slight expiation for a fearful sin of which I have been guilty, and if your Highness will deign to listen to my tale, you will see that no punishment could atone for the crime.
O lady, deign to hold in remembrance this heart, thy vassal, that thus in anguish pines for love of thee.
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.
I think your majesty will have no need to apply to the police to know where my friends are, but that if you will deign to interrogate the cardinal he can reply without any further inquiry than into his own recollections.
Sire, the kindness your majesty deigns to evince towards me is a recompense which so far surpasses my utmost ambition that I have nothing more to ask for.
And now," he said, "may I inquire what are the orders with which your majesty deigns to honor me?
THE winner of last week's PS200 crossword is Alistair McLeod of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire YESTERDAY'S SOLUTIONS WEE THINKER ACROSS: 7 Close-up 9 Deign 10 Lento 11 Asocial 12 Two 13 Drop shot 16 Broadway 17 Pin 19 Bugbear 21 Beset 22 On ice 23 Scuttle DOWN: 1 Acolyte 2 Downpour 3 Demo 4 Odiously 5 Mini 6 Ankle 8 Play on words 13 Diameter 14 Opposite 15 Knitter 18 Abhor 20 Grim 21 Blue.
The clock ticks The chimes ring out Oh, happy sounds - one hour less to get through till it's time to dress You happy sleepers don't know your luck Into bed and bedclothes tuck Drift off to dreamland, only wake When the alarm goes off - it's past daybreak Thank god for books and Radio 4 World News and all before you happy sleepers deign to rise and rub restful sleep from out your eyes.
Chauffeur-driven cars for when they deign to attend meetings and four weeks' paid holidays on top of all the "jollies" we are already paying for?
It is certainly lost on a frail and vulnerable pensioner having to stay in hospital until the council deign to provide the care so desperately needed.
The controllers provide a rugged deign and are built for use in industrial environments with standard features such as a built-in operator interface, a range of communications options, expansion slots and a solid slide-and-snap mechanical interlock to expansion modules.