from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make cheap or cheaper.
  • transitive v. To lower in public estimation; debase or degrade: misconduct that cheapened a high office.
  • intransitive v. To become cheap or cheaper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to decrease the value of; to make cheap
  • v. to make vulgar
  • v. to become cheaper
  • v. to bargain for, ask the price of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The 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.

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

  • v. lower the grade of something; reduce its worth


See cheap. (Wiktionary)



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