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cheapen

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verb cheap·en \ˈchē-pən\

Simple Definition of cheapen

  • : to cause (something) to be of lower quality

  • : to cause (something) to have or to seem to have less value, meaning, or importance

Full Definition of cheapen

cheap·enedcheap·en·ing play \ˈchēp-niŋ, ˈchē-pə-\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 [obsolete English cheap to price, bid for] archaic a :  to ask the price of b :  to bid or bargain for

  3. 2 a :  to make cheap in price or value b :  to lower in general esteem c :  to make tawdry, vulgar, or inferior

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become cheap

Examples of cheapen

  1. products cheapened by sloppy workmanship

  2. Using the national flag in advertising only cheapens it.

  3. Poor marketing can cheapen a brand name.

  4. I thought that the show cheapened the lives of the people it portrayed.

  5. The wedding ceremony was cheapened by the best man's tasteless jokes.



1562

First Known Use of cheapen

1562

Rhymes with cheapen


CHEAPEN Defined for Kids

cheapen

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verb cheap·en \ˈchē-pən\

Definition of cheapen

cheap·enedcheap·en·ing

  1. :  to cause to be of lower quality, value, or importance <Products are cheapened by poor workmanship.>





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