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verb (used without object)
  1. to behave as if one is conscious of descending from a superior position, rank, or dignity.

  2. to stoop or deign to do something: He would not condescend to misrepresent the facts.

  1. to put aside one's dignity or superiority voluntarily and assume equality with one regarded as inferior:He condescended to their intellectual level in order to be understood.

  2. Obsolete.

    • to yield.

    • to assent.

Origin of condescend

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English condescenden, from Late Latin condēscendere (see con-, descend); replacing Middle English condescendre, from Middle French

Other words from condescend

  • con·des·cend·er, con·des·cend·ent, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use condescend in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for condescend


/ (ˌkɒndɪˈsɛnd) /

  1. to act graciously towards another or others regarded as being on a lower level; behave patronizingly

  2. to do something that one regards as below one's dignity

Origin of condescend

C14: from Church Latin condēscendere to stoop, condescend, from Latin dēscendere to descend

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