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cheapen

cheapen

verb cheap·en \ˈchē-pən\

: to cause (something) to be of lower quality

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

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

Full Definition of CHEAPEN

transitive verb
1
[obsolete English cheap to price, bid for] archaic
a :  to ask the price of
b :  to bid or bargain for
2
a :  to make cheap in price or value
b :  to lower in general esteem
c :  to make tawdry, vulgar, or inferior
intransitive verb
:  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.

First Known Use of CHEAPEN

1562

Rhymes with CHEAPEN

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