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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


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


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

Broader (hypernym)aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate, worsen

Narrower (hyponym)devaluate, devalue

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