[ UK /dɪɡɹˈe‍ɪd/ ]
[ US /dɪˈɡɹeɪd/ ]
  1. reduce the level of land, as by erosion
  2. lower the grade of something; reduce its worth
  3. reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
    She tends to put down younger women colleagues
    His critics took him down after the lecture
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How To Use degrade In A Sentence

  • I again affirm that I need make no apology for attaching my name to that of one so worthy the esteem of his co-dogs, ay, and co-cats too; for in spite of the differences which have so often raised up a barrier between the members of his race and ours, not even the noblest among us could be degraded by raising a "mew" to the honour of such a thoroughly honest dog. The Adventures of a Dog, and a Good Dog Too
  • We also believe that practically any country that degrades women or any country that cuts them off from the vital life of the country is making a very big mistake.
  • No one can degrade us except ourselves; that if we are worthy, no influence can defeat us. 
  • However, this does not take into account the optics of the system which degrade image quality somewhat giving a commonly accepted resolution of 1 arcminute/cycle. The Register
  • It scales brilliantly, degrades gracefully, supports optional categories and ‘beaming,’ and is configurable to an unlimited number of options.
  • As plants do not possess a mechanism to degrade lignins, lignification represents a significant, non-recoverable investment of carbon and energy.
  • Over time, however, it oxidizes and chemically degrades to form alcohols, ketones, aldehydes, acids and esters.
  • It is necessary to design the antenna properly or system performance will be degraded.
  • Some materials are better degraded under anaerobic conditions than under aerobic conditions.
  • Cardamine tangutorum wild vegetable planted artificially could markedly improve the biomass of degraded ecosystem, and this kind of wild vegetable is more suitable for growing in the forest.
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