condescend: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (kon"du-send'), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to behave as if one is conscious of descending from a superior position, rank, or dignity.
  2. to stoop or deign to do something: He would not condescend to misrepresent the facts.
  3. to put aside one's dignity or superiority voluntarily and assume equality with one regarded as inferior: He condescended to their intellectual level in order to be understood.
    1. to yield.
    2. to assent.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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