degrade

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See also: dégradé, dégrade, and degradé

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French dégrader

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈɡɹeɪd/, /diˈɡɹeɪd/
    • (file)
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.
    • 1858, John Gorham Palfrey, chapter XIV, in History of New England during the Stuart Dynasty. [], volume I, Boston, Mass.: Little, Brown, and Company, OCLC 30449864, 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.
  2. (intransitive, ergative) 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

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French dégradé.

Noun[edit]

degrade n (plural degradeuri)

  1. color gradient

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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.