Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To make cheap or cheaper.
  • intransitive verb To lower in public estimation; debase or degrade.
  • intransitive verb To become cheap or cheaper.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolescent To ask the price of; to bid, bargain, or chaffer for.
  • transitive verb To beat down the price of; to lessen the value of; to depreciate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive to decrease the value of; to make cheap
  • verb transitive to make vulgar
  • verb intransitive to become cheaper
  • verb obsolete to bargain for, ask the price of.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb lower the grade of something; reduce its worth

Etymologies

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See cheap.

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