cheapen(redirected from cheapening)
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v. cheap·ened, cheap·en·ing, cheap·ens
1. To make cheap or cheaper.
2. To lower in public estimation; debase or degrade: misconduct that cheapened a high office.
To become cheap or cheaper.
1. to make or become lower in reputation, quality, etc; degrade or be degraded
2. to make or become cheap or cheaper
1. to make cheap or cheaper.
2. to lower in esteem.
3. to decrease the quality of; make inferior or vulgar.
4. Archaic. to bargain for.v.i.
5. to become cheap.
[1555–65; cheap + -en1; in part continuing Middle English chepen to bargain, Old English cēapian, derivative of cēap]
Past participle: cheapened
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|Verb||1.||cheapen - lower the grade of something; reduce its worth|