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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  
   Compare       aggrade  
5      (Chem)   to decompose or be decomposed into atoms or smaller molecules  
     (C14: from Late Latin degradare, from Latin de- + gradus rank, degree)  
  degrader      n  
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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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