Definition of "degrade" []

  • To reduce in grade, rank, or status; demote. (verb-transitive)
  • To lower in dignity; dishonor or disgrace: a scandal that degraded the participants. (verb-transitive)
  • To lower in moral or intellectual character; debase. (verb-transitive)
  • To reduce in worth or value: degrade a currency. (verb-transitive)
  • To impair in physical structure or function. (verb-transitive)
  • To reduce in worth, character, etc; disgrace; dishonour (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To reduce in rank, status, or degree; remove from office; demote (verb)
  • To reduce in strength, quality, intensity, etc (verb)
  • To reduce or be reduced by erosion or down-cutting, as a land surface or bed of a river (verb)
  • To decompose or be decomposed into atoms or smaller molecules (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "degrade" in a sentence
  • "Marty Sader has accomplished that very feat as we watch him degrade from a healthy, caring human being to a rail-thin piece of filth rotting in the corner."
  • "You can wach them bio degrade, which is always a wonderful thing."
  • "If he says that things cannot degrade, that is, change downwards into lower forms, ask him, who told him that water-babies were lower than land-babies?"