- to make cheap or cheaper.
- to lower in esteem; bring into contempt: Constant swearing cheapened him.
- to decrease the quality or beauty of; make inferior or vulgar: She cheapened the dress by adding a fringe to it.
- Archaic. to bargain for.
- to become cheap or cheaper.
Origin of cheapen
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Examples from the Web for cheapen
In 2012, the “Israel-right-or-wrong” crowd continued to cheapen the very serious issue of anti-Semitism.Top Ten Issues The ADL Ignored
December 17, 2012
The first are books that bring added value to the popular, the second cheapen the whole proposition of publishing.The $5 Million Ghost Story
October 3, 2009
He loved with single heart and refused to cheapen himself or his love.White Fang
To quote or to individualize would be to cheapen this vast offering.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
He was never known to bargain for a book or to endeavour to cheapen it.The Book-Hunter in London
At "cheapen the cost" his big ears twitched as if they had been tickled.The Plum Tree
David Graham Phillips
It wont do to cheapen your work by putting a small price on it.
- to make or become lower in reputation, quality, etc; degrade or be degraded
- to make or become cheap or cheaper
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Word Origin and History for cheapen
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