Meaning of cheapen

cheap•en

Pronunciation: (chē'pun), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to make cheap or cheaper.
  2. to lower in esteem; bring into contempt: Constant swearing cheapened him.
  3. to decrease the quality or beauty of; make inferior or vulgar: She cheapened the dress by adding a fringe to it.
  4. to bargain for.
—v.i.
  1. to become cheap or cheaper.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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