Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “degrade”

See all translations

degrade

verb [T]

degrade verb [T] (REDUCE)

 /dɪˈɡreɪd/ to reduce the quality of something: degrading water/air quality degraded sound quality The state is funding projects to restore degraded wetlands. chemistry, physics /dɪˈɡreɪd/ A substance that degrades changes to chemical structures that are more simple.

degrade verb [T] (LESSEN WORTH)

   /dɪˈɡreɪd/ to cause someone to seem to be worth less and lose the respect of others: His depiction in the movie degrades him.
(Definition of degrade from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of degrade?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “degrade” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

piglet

a baby pig

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More