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v. deigned, deign·ing, deigns
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.
To condescend to give or grant; vouchsafe: "Nor would we deign him burial of his men" (Shakespeare).
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]
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]
Past participle: deigned
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