American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make cheap or cheaper.
- v. To lower in public estimation; debase or degrade: misconduct that cheapened a high office.
- v. To become cheap or cheaper.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To ask the price of; chaffer or bargain for.
- To beat down the price of.
- To reduce in price or cost; make cheaper: as, to cheapen the cost of production; to cheapen the necessaries of life.
- To lessen the value of; depreciate or belittle; make too common: as, to cheapen one's self by being too officious.
- v. transitive to decrease the value of; to make cheap
- v. transitive to make vulgar
- v. intransitive to become cheaper
- v. obsolete to bargain for, ask the price of.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolescent To ask the price of; to bid, bargain, or chaffer for.
- v. To beat down the price of; to lessen the value of; to depreciate.
- v. lower the grade of something; reduce its worth
- See cheap. (Wiktionary)
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