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English definition of “degrade”

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 verb (LESSEN WORTH) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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