degrade

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French dégrader

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈɡɹeɪd/, /diˈɡɹeɪd/
Rhymes: -eɪd

Verb[edit]

degrade (third-person singular simple present degrades, present participle degrading, simple past and past participle degraded)

  1. (transitive) To lower in value or social position.
    Fred degrades himself by his behaviour.
    • Palfrey
      Prynne was sentenced by the Star Chamber Court to be degraded from the bar.
  2. (intransitive) To reduce in quality or purity.
    The DNA sample has degraded.
  3. (transitive, geology) To reduce in altitude or magnitude, as hills and mountains; to wear down.

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Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

degrade

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of degradar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of degradar
  3. third-person singular imperative of degradar

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

degrade

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of degradar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of degradar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of degradar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of degradar.