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degrade

de·grade

degrade

 
 
pronunciation:
dih greId
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: verb
inflections: degraded, degrades, degrading
definition 1: to bring down from a higher to a lower rank or degree by taking away a position or title.
They degraded the soldier to private because of his drinking.
antonyms:
advance
similar words:
dismiss, lower, remove
definition 2: to lower in the opinion of others or in self-respect.
She has degraded herself by becoming friends with the girls who lie and steal.
synonyms:
disgrace, dishonor, shame, soil
similar words:
deflate, dirty, humble, humiliate, tarnish
definition 3: to reduce in value, amount, or strength.
Too much farming of this field has degraded its soil.
synonyms:
lower, reduce
Word Parts
The word degrade contains the following parts:
grad, -grade Latin root that means go, step, degree