Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From em- +‎ base. Compare Old French embaissier.

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