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Definition of Degrade


  1. To reduce from a higher to a lower rank or degree; to lower in rank; to deprive of office or dignity; to strip of honors; as, to degrade a nobleman, or a general officer.
  2. To reduce in estimation, character, or reputation; to lessen the value of; to lower the physical, moral, or intellectual character of; to debase; to bring shame or contempt upon; to disgrace; as, vice degrades a man.
  3. To reduce in altitude or magnitude, as hills and mountains; to wear down.
  4. To degenerate; to pass from a higher to a lower type of structure; as, a family of plants or animals degrades through this or that genus or group of genera.
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Degrade Translations

degrade in Dutch is degraderen, verlagen
degrade in German is herabsetzen
degrade in Italian is degradare
degrade in Norwegian is degradere, fornedre