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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Physically to lower.
  • v. To bring down or lower in position, status, etc.; to degrade, humiliate.
  • v. To lower the value of (a coin, commodity etc.); to debase (a coin) with alloy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To bring down or lower, as in position, value, etc.; to debase; to degrade; to deteriorate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lower; degrade; depress or hollow out.
  • To lower in value; debase; vitiate; deprave; impair.
  • To lower in nature, rank, or estimation; degrade.


From em- +‎ base. Compare Old French embaissier. (Wiktionary)



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