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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)

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.

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?"