• (British) IPA: /dɪˈmiːn/

demean (demeans, present participle demeaning; past and past participle demeaned)

  1. To debase; to lower; to degrade.
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 6:
      It was, of course, Mrs. Sedley's opinion that her son would demean himself by a marriage with an artist's daughter.
  2. To humble, humble oneself; to humiliate.
  3. To mortify.
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demean (demeans, present participle demeaning; past and past participle demeaned)

  1. To manage; to conduct; to treat.
    • 1644, John Milton, Areopagitica
      But now, as our obdurate clergy have with violence demeaned the matter.
  2. To conduct; to behave; to comport; followed by the reflexive pronoun.
    • c. 1591–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Third Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iv]:
      they have demean'd themselves
      Like men born to renown by life or death.
    • They answered […] that they should demean themselves according to their instructions.
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demean (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) Management; treatment.
    • vile demean and usage bad
  2. (archaic) Behavior; conduct; bearing; demeanor.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.5:
      ‘When thou hast all this doen, then bring me newes / Of his demeane […].’
    • with grave demean and solemn vanity
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demean (plural demeans)

  1. demesne.
  2. resources; means.

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