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cheapen

cheap·en

cheapen

pronunciation:
chi pn
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: cheapened, cheapening, cheapens
definition 1: to cause to become cheap or cheaper.
definition 2: to belittle or reduce in a disparaging way.
His continued deceit cheapens his credibility.
similar words:
deprecate, depreciate
definition 3: to lessen the quality or appearance of; make inferior.
The gaudy paint cheapened the appearance of the room.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become cheap or cheaper.
Antiques seldom cheapen with age.
Word Parts
The word cheapen contains the following part:
-en1 Old English verb-forming suffix that means to cause to be or become or have
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The suffix -en1 forms verbs from monosyllabic English adjectives.