1 tr to reduce in worth, character, etc.; disgrace; dishonour
2 tr to reduce in rank, status, or degree; remove from office; demote
3 tr to reduce in strength, quality, intensity, etc.
4 to reduce or be reduced by erosion or down-cutting, as a land surface or bed of a river
5 (Chem) to decompose or be decomposed into atoms or smaller molecules
(C14: from Late Latin degradare, from Latin de- + gradus rank, degree)
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus
1 cheapen, corrupt, debase, demean, deteriorate, discredit, disgrace, dishonour, humble, humiliate, impair, injure, pervert, shame, vitiate
2 break, cashier, demote, depose, downgrade, lower, reduce to inferior rank
3 adulterate, dilute, doctor, mix, thin, water, water down, weaken
1 & 2 dignify, elevate, enhance, ennoble, honour, improve, promote, raise
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