Definition of belittle
belittlingplay \-ˈli-təl-iŋ, -ˈlit-liŋ\
1 : to speak slightingly of : disparage <belittles her efforts>
2 : to cause (a person or thing) to seem little or less <a curiosity so vast that it almost belittled the main matter — Mark Twain>
belittlementplay \-ˈli-təl-mənt\ noun
belittlerplay \-ˈli-təl-ər, -ˈlit-lər\ noun
Examples of belittle in a sentence
The critic belittled the author's work.
Her detractors are in the habit of belittling her accomplishments.
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Synonym Discussion of belittle
BELITTLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of belittle for English Language Learners
: to describe (someone or something) as little or unimportant
BELITTLE Defined for Kids
Definition of belittle for Students
: to make (a person or a thing) seem small or unimportant <She belittled his efforts.>
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