[ dih-beys ]
/ dɪˈbeɪs /
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verb (used with object), de·based, de·bas·ing.
to reduce in quality or value; adulterate: They debased the value of the dollar.
to lower in rank, dignity, or significance: He wouldn't debase himself by doing manual labor.
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OTHER WORDS FROM debase
de·bas·ed·ness [dih-bey-sid-nis, -beyst-], /dɪˈbeɪ sɪd nɪs, -ˈbeɪst-/, nounde·base·ment, nounde·bas·er, nounde·bas·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for debase
/ (dɪˈbeɪs) /
(tr) to lower in quality, character, or value, as by adding cheaper metal to coins; adulterate
Derived forms of debasedebasedness (dɪˈbeɪsɪdnɪs), noundebasement, noundebaser, noundebasingly, adverb
Word Origin for debase
C16: see de-, base ²
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