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DEGRADE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does degrade mean? 

DEGRADE (verb)
  The verb DEGRADE has 3 senses:

1. reduce the level of land, as by erosion
2. reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
3. lower the grade of something; reduce its worth

  Familiarity information: DEGRADE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEGRADE (verb)


Sense 1degrade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reduce the level of land, as by erosion

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something

Antonym:

aggrade (build up to a level by depositing sediment)


Sense 2degrade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reduce in worth or character, usually verbally

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

demean; degrade; disgrace; take down; put down

Context examples:

She tends to put down younger women colleagues / His critics took him down after the lecture

Hypernyms (to "degrade" is one way to...):

abase; chagrin; humble; humiliate; mortify (cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "degrade"):

reduce (lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation)

dehumanise; dehumanize (deprive of human qualities)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 3degrade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lower the grade of something; reduce its worth

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

cheapen; degrade

Hypernyms (to "degrade" is one way to...):

aggravate; exacerbate; exasperate; worsen (make worse)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "degrade"):

devaluate; devalue (remove the value from; deprive of its value)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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