What does degrade mean?

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dɪˈgreɪd or, for 3 , di-de·grade

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. degradeverb

    reduce the level of land, as by erosion

  2. take down, degrade, disgrace, demean, put downverb

    reduce in worth or character, usually verbally

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

  3. degrade, cheapenverb

    lower the grade of something; reduce its worth


  1. degradeverb

    To lower in value or social position.

    Fred degrades himself by his behaviour.

  2. degradeverb

    To reduce in quality or purity.

    The DNA sample has degraded.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Degradeverb

    to reduce from a higher to a lower rank or degree; to lower in rank; to deprive of office or dignity; to strip of honors; as, to degrade a nobleman, or a general officer

  2. Degradeverb

    to reduce in estimation, character, or reputation; to lessen the value of; to lower the physical, moral, or intellectual character of; to debase; to bring shame or contempt upon; to disgrace; as, vice degrades a man

  3. Degradeverb

    to reduce in altitude or magnitude, as hills and mountains; to wear down

  4. Degradeverb

    to degenerate; to pass from a higher to a lower type of structure; as, a family of plants or animals degrades through this or that genus or group of genera

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Degrade

    de-grād′, v.t. to lower in grade or rank: to deprive of office or dignity: to lower in character, value, or position: to disgrace.—n. Degradā′tion, disgrace: degeneration: abortive structural development: a lowering in dignity.—p.adjs. Degrad′ed, reduced in rank: base: low: (her.) placed on steps; Degrad′ing, debasing: disgraceful. [Fr. dégrader—L. de, down, and gradus, a step. See Grade.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of degrade in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of degrade in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of degrade in a Sentence

  1. Mitch McConnell:

    If our aim is to degrade and destroy ISIL, as the president has said, then that's going to require smart policies and firm determination. At a minimum, we shouldn't be doing anything to make the situation worse.

  2. Sam Abuelsamid:

    The big question is, when you actually start to use those trucks as they're intended to be used, how much is that going to degrade the range in the truck ?

  3. Marcus Hicks:

    We're going to help them to degrade the enemies that we share in common. They are fighting America's enemies. These are sworn enemies of the United States, United States's why we're here. We can fight them here or we can fight them somewhere else at a much higher cost.

  4. Fox News ' Todd Starnes:

    Once again he refuses to acknowledge what we all know: this was the work of Islamic extremists, the president spoke briefly, using words like 'defeat' and 'degrade.' Degrade? ISIS does not need to be degraded. They need to be destroyed. Obliterated. Wiped off the face of the Earth.


    I have never consciously boasted myself but from hereon I make a point not to even unconsciously undermine or degrade myself!

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    (of a flowering plant) having two cotyledons in the seed
    • A. dicotyledonous
    • B. bonzer
    • C. numinous
    • D. naiant

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