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"degrade" in British English

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degradeverb

uk   us   /dɪˈɡreɪd/
  • degrade verb (SPOIL)

[T] to ​spoil or ​destroy the ​beauty or ​quality of something: Every ​day the ​environment is ​further degraded by ​toxicwastes. [I or T] specialized electronics If the ​quality of something ​electrical or ​electronic degrades or is degraded, it ​becomes less good or less ​correct.
  • degrade verb (CHANGE STRUCTURE)

[I] specialized chemistry (of a ​substance) to ​change into a more ​simplechemicalstructure: These ​chemicalsquickly degrade intoharmlesscompounds.
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(Definition of degrade from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"degrade" in American English

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degradeverb [T]

  • degrade verb [T] (REDUCE)

 /dɪˈɡreɪd/ to ​reduce the ​quality of something: degrading ​water/​airquality degraded ​soundquality The ​state is ​fundingprojects to ​restore degraded ​wetlands. chemistry, physics /dɪˈɡreɪd/ A ​substance that degrades ​changes to ​chemicalstructures 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.
(Definition of degrade from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"degrade" in Business English

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degradeverb [I or T]

uk   us   /dɪˈɡreɪd/
to become worse in ​quality, or to make something worse: Unlike with a cassette ​player, the ​sound of the ​MP3 Player doesn't degrade as the ​batteryweakens.
(Definition of degrade from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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