degrade: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (di-grād' or, for 3, dē-grād'), [key]
— v., -grad•ed, -grad•ing.
- to lower in dignity or estimation; bring into contempt: He felt they were degrading him by making him report to the supervisor.
- to lower in character or quality; debase.
- to reduce (someone) to a lower rank, degree, etc.; deprive of office, rank, status, or title, esp. as a punishment: degraded from director to assistant director.
- to reduce in amount, strength, intensity, etc.
- to wear down by erosion, as hills. Cf. aggrade.
- to break down (a compound, esp. an organic hydrocarbon).
- to become degraded; weaken or worsen; deteriorate.
- (esp. of an organic hydrocarbon compound) to break down or decompose.
- degrade (Thesaurus)