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English definition of “degrade”

degrade

verb [T]     /dɪˈɡreɪd/
NO RESPECT to treat someone without respect and as if they have no value : They think the advert degrades women.Humiliating and degrading
DAMAGE to damage the quality or condition of somethingHumiliating and degradingDeteriorating and making worse
degradation     /ˌdeɡrəˈdeɪʃən/ noun [U]
(Definition of degrade verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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