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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)

 us   /dɪˈɡreɪd/ to cause someone to seem to be worth less and lose the respect of others: His depiction in the movie degrades him.
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