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- Rhymes: -eɪd
- (transitive) To lower in value or social position.
- Fred degrades himself by his behaviour.
- 1858, John Gorham Palfrey, chapter XIV, in History of New England during the Stuart Dynasty. […], volume I, Boston, Mass.: Little, Brown, and Company, →OCLC, book I, pages 563–564:
- […] [William] Prynne was sentenced by the Star-Chamber Court to be degraded from the bar, to stand in pillory at two places in London and lose an ear at each, to be branded on the forehead, to pay a fine of five thousand pounds, and to be imprisoned for life.
- (intransitive, ergative) To reduce in quality or purity.
- The DNA sample has degraded.
- (transitive, geology) To reduce in altitude or magnitude, as hills and mountains; to wear down.
to reduce in quality or purity
to reduce in altitude or magnitude, as hills and mountains; to wear down
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degrade n (plural degradeuri)
- color gradient
Declension of degrade