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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 ?
YOU may even think it degrading-- for I see now your habits have been what the world calls refined: your tastes lean to the ideal, and your society has at least been amongst the educated; but I consider that no service degrades which can better our race.
They do so on the ground that such charity degrades and demoralises.
It degrades those who exercise it, and degrades those over whom it is exercised.
Augusta (replied the noble Youth) I thought you had a better opinion of me, than to imagine I would so abjectly degrade myself as to consider my Father's Concurrence in any of my affairs, either of Consequence or concern to me.
But still I am not without apprehensions of your being shortly obliged to degrade yourself in your own eyes by seeking a support for your wife in the Generosity of Sir Edward.
Douglass straightened himself up on the box upon which he was sitting, and replied: "They cannot degrade Frederick Douglass.
would it degrade me as much as to break my faith with the helpless?
I have no position to lose, and no name to degrade.
I would by no means degrade the ingenuity of your profession," answered Jones, "but I should have been glad to have seen my old acquaintance master Punch, for all that; and so far from improving, I think, by leaving out him and his merry wife Joan, you have spoiled your puppet-show.
I believe I lost some money for not agreeing to it; but let others do as they will; a little matter shall never bribe me to degrade my own profession, nor will I ever willingly consent to the spoiling the decency and regularity of my stage, by introducing any such low stuff upon it.
And do you think you can injure and degrade yourself, and I not feel it?
BESA Movement continues to alarm about the situation of Albanian representation in Macedonian institutions claiming to be very small, and BDI degrades Albanians by only appointing officials from their closest management.