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English verb: degrade

1. degrade (contact) reduce the level of land, as by erosion


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Antonymsaggrade

2. degrade (emotion) reduce in worth or character, usually verbally


SamplesShe tends to put down younger women colleagues.
His critics took him down after the lecture.


Synonymsdemean, disgrace, put down, take down


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)abase, chagrin, humble, humiliate, mortify


Narrower (hyponym)dehumanise, dehumanize, reduce

3. degrade (change) lower the grade of something; reduce its worth


Synonymscheapen


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate, worsen


Narrower (hyponym)devaluate, devalue









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