Meaning of “degrade” - Learner’s Dictionary

degrade

verb [ T ] uk us /dɪˈɡreɪd/
NO RESPECT

to treat someone without respect and as if they have no value:

They think the advert degrades women.
DAMAGE

to damage the quality or condition of something

degradation uk us /ˌdeɡrəˈdeɪʃən/ noun [ U ]

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