Meaning of “degrade” in the English Dictionary

"degrade" in British English

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uk /dɪˈɡreɪd/ us /dɪˈɡreɪd/

degrade verb (SPOIL)

[ T ] to spoil or destroy the beauty or quality of something:

Every day the environment is further degraded by toxic wastes.

[ I or T ] specialized electronics If the quality of something electrical or electronic degrades or is degraded, it becomes less good or less correct.

(Definition of “degrade” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"degrade" in American English

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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.

(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 /dɪˈɡreɪd/ us

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 battery weakens.

(Definition of “degrade” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)