from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To reduce in grade, rank, or status; demote.
- transitive v. To lower in dignity; dishonor or disgrace: a scandal that degraded the participants.
- transitive v. To lower in moral or intellectual character; debase.
- transitive v. To reduce in worth or value: degrade a currency.
- transitive v. To impair in physical structure or function.
- transitive v. Geology To lower or wear by erosion or weathering.
- transitive v. To cause (an organic compound) to undergo degradation.
- intransitive v. To fall below a normal state; deteriorate.
- intransitive v. To undergo degradation; decompose: a chemical that degrades rapidly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To lower in value or social position.
- v. To reduce in quality or purity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To reduce from a higher to a lower rank or degree; to lower in rank; to deprive of office or dignity; to strip of honors.
- transitive v. To reduce in estimation, character, or reputation; to lessen the value of; to lower the physical, moral, or intellectual character of; to debase; to bring shame or contempt upon; to disgrace.
- transitive v. To reduce in altitude or magnitude, as hills and mountains; to wear down.
- intransitive v. To degenerate; to pass from a higher to a lower type of structure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To reduce from a higher to a lower rank, degree, or type. Specifically
- To deprive of any office or dignity; strip of honors: as, to degrade a general officer.
- To lower in character; cause to deteriorate; lessen the value or worth of; debase: as, drunkenness degrades a man to the level of a beast.
- In biology: To reduce in taxonomic rank; lower in the scale of classification: as, to degrade an order to the rank of a family.
- To reduce in complexity of structure or function; simplify morphologically or physiologically: as, an organism degraded by parasitic habit.
- In geology, to reduce in altitude or magnitude, as hills and mountains or icebergs; wear down, as by the weather.
- In optics, to lower in position in the spectrum; increase the wave-length of (a ray of light), and hence diminish (its) refrangibility, as by the action of a fluorescent substance. See fluorescence.
- To diminish the strength, purity, size, etc., of.
- Synonyms and Debase, Disgrace, etc. (see abase); to dishonor, break, cashier, reduce to inferior rank. To lower, sink, impair, injure, pervert, pollute. See list under debase.
- In natural history, to degenerate in type; pass from a higher type of structure to a lower.
- To degenerate; become lower in character; deteriorate.
- In a university, to take, for some particular reason, a lower degree than one is entitled to, or to avoid taking a degree at the proper or usual time; descend from a higher to a lower degree.
- In thermodynamics, to convert from a form of greater to one of less availability: said of certain transformations of energy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. lower the grade of something; reduce its worth
- v. reduce the level of land, as by erosion
- v. reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
Marty Sader has accomplished that very feat as we watch him degrade from a healthy, caring human being to a rail-thin piece of filth rotting in the corner.
You can wach them bio degrade, which is always a wonderful thing.
Your noblesse did not deserve punishment: but to degrade is to punish.
You punish a number of individuals who have been advanced under the existing order of things to the highest offices in the magistracy of the city; I say you punish, because to degrade is to punish.
If he says that things cannot degrade, that is, change downwards into lower forms, ask him, who told him that water-babies were lower than land-babies?
Your noblesse did not deserve punishment; but to degrade is to punish.
It does not degrade, which is one of the major issues with this material from an environmental standpoint.
It's sometimes called degrade, and the color will appear lighter in some spots and darker in others.
Your noblefle did not deferv; e punifhment; but to degrade is to punilh.
"Researchers say personal information should 'degrade' - becoming less specific over time - to protect users 'privacy.