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demean

1demean

verb de·mean \di-ˈmēn\
de·meanedde·mean·ing

Definition of DEMEAN

transitive verb
:  to conduct or behave (oneself) usually in a proper manner

Origin of DEMEAN

Middle English demenen, from Anglo-French demener to conduct, from de- + mener to lead, from Latin minare to drive, from minari to threaten — more at mount
First Known Use: 14th century

2demean

verb
de·meanedde·mean·ing

Definition of DEMEAN

transitive verb
:  to lower in character, status, or reputation

Origin of DEMEAN

de- + 1mean
First Known Use: 1601

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