verb (used with object), de·grad·ed, de·grad·ing.
- to lower in dignity or estimation; bring into contempt: He felt they were degrading him by making him report to the supervisor.
- to lower in character or quality; debase.
- to reduce (someone) to a lower rank, degree, etc.; deprive of office, rank, status, or title, especially as a punishment: degraded from director to assistant director.
- to reduce in amount, strength, intensity, etc.
- Physical Geography. to wear down by erosion, as hills.Compare aggrade.
- Chemistry. to break down (a compound, especially an organic hydrocarbon).
verb (used without object), de·grad·ed, de·grad·ing.
- to become degraded; weaken or worsen; deteriorate.
- Chemistry. (especially of an organic hydrocarbon compound) to break down or decompose.
- (tr) to reduce in worth, character, etc; disgrace; dishonour
- (diːˈɡreɪd) (tr) to reduce in rank, status, or degree; remove from office; demote
- (tr) to reduce in strength, quality, intensity, etc
- to reduce or be reduced by erosion or down-cutting, as a land surface or bed of a riverCompare aggrade
- chem to decompose or be decomposed into atoms or smaller molecules