What does degrade mean?

Definitions for degrade
dɪˈgreɪd or, for 3 , di-de·grade

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. degrade(verb)

    reduce the level of land, as by erosion

  2. take down, degrade, disgrace, demean, put down(verb)

    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, cheapen(verb)

    lower the grade of something; reduce its worth


  1. degrade(Verb)

    To lower in value or social position.

    Fred degrades himself by his behaviour.

  2. degrade(Verb)

    To reduce in quality or purity.

    The DNA sample has degraded.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Degrade(verb)

    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. Degrade(verb)

    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. Degrade(verb)

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

  4. Degrade(verb)

    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. Patricia McNeal:

    He does not try to degrade other people.

  2. Aristotle:

    All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.

  3. Frederick Douglas:

    The soul that is within me no man can degrade.

  4. State John Kerry:

    The President's goal is to degrade and destroy ISIS.

  5. Korneel Rabaey:

    We can look for new enzymes which could be used to degrade tough biomass.

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