cheapen

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verb cheap·en \ ˈchē-pən \

Definition of cheapen

cheapened; cheapening play \ˈchēp-niŋ, ˈchē-pə-\
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 in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of cheapen

1562


CHEAPEN Defined for English Language Learners

cheapen

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Definition of cheapen for English Language Learners

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

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


CHEAPEN Defined for Kids

cheapen

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verb cheap·en \ ˈchē-pən \

Definition of cheapen for Students

cheapened; cheapening
:to cause to be of lower quality, value, or importance
  • Products are cheapened by poor workmanship.


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