degrade

See also: dégradé, dégrade, and degradé

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French dégrader

PronunciationEdit

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

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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Palfrey and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Prynne was sentenced by the Star Chamber Court to be degraded from the bar.
  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.

Derived termsEdit

TranslationsEdit

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PortugueseEdit

VerbEdit

degrade

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

SpanishEdit

VerbEdit

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.