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"belittle" in British English

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belittleverb [T]

uk   /bɪˈlɪt.l̩/  us   /-ˈlɪt̬-/
to make a ​person or an ​actionseem as if he, she or it is not ​important: Though she had ​spenthoursfixing the ​computer, he belittled her ​efforts. Stop belittling ​yourself - ​yourwork is ​highlyvalued.
(Definition of belittle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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belittleverb [T]

 us   /bɪˈlɪt̬·əl/
to make an ​action or a ​personseemunimportant: You ​gain nothing by belittling him and ​creatingbadfeelings.
(Definition of belittle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “belittle”
in Spanish minimizar, subestimar…
in Vietnamese coi nhẹ…
in Malaysian mengecil-ngecilkan…
in Thai ดูถูก…
in French déprécier…
in German herabsetzen…
in Chinese (Simplified) 轻视, 贬低…
in Turkish küçültmek, küçümsemek…
in Russian преуменьшать…
in Indonesian meremehkan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 輕視, 貶低…
in Polish umniejszać…
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