Cheapen



[chee-puh n] /ˈtʃi pən/

verb (used with object)
1.
to make cheap or cheaper.
2.
to lower in esteem; bring into contempt:
Constant swearing cheapened him.
3.
to decrease the quality or beauty of; make inferior or vulgar:
She cheapened the dress by adding a fringe to it.
4.
Archaic. to bargain for.
verb (used without object)
5.
to become cheap or cheaper.
/ˈtʃiːpən/
verb
1.
to make or become lower in reputation, quality, etc; degrade or be degraded
2.
to make or become cheap or cheaper
v.

1570s, “ask the price of,” from cheap (adj.) + -en (1). Meaning “lower the price of” is from 1833, but figuratively, “to lower in estimation” is from 1650s. Related: Cheapened; cheapening.

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