• (British) IPA: /dɪˈɡɹeɪd/, /diˈɡɹeɪd/

degrade (degrades, present participle degrading; past and past participle degraded)

  1. (transitive) To lower in value or social position.
    Fred degrades himself by his behaviour.
    • Prynne was sentenced by the Star Chamber Court to be degraded from the bar.
  2. (intransitive) To reduce in quality or purity.
    The DNA sample has degraded.
  3. (transitive, geology) To reduce in altitude or magnitude, as hills and mountains; to wear down.
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