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- (intransitive) To condescend; to accept as appropriate to one's dignity.
- He didn't even deign to give us a nod of the head; he thought us that far beneath him.
- (transitive) To condescend to give; to do something.
- Nor would we deign him burial of his men.
- 1871, Charlotte Mary Yonge, Heartsease, Or, The Brother's Wife (volume 2, page 189)
- He, who usually hardly deigned a glance at his infants, now lay gazing with inexpressible softness and sadness at the little sleeping face […]
- (obsolete) To esteem worthy; to consider worth notice.
- I fear my Julia would not deign my lines.
(intransitive) to condescend