Definition of cheapen
cheapeningplay \ˈchēp-niŋ, ˈchē-pə-\
1 [obsolete English cheap to price, bid for] archaic a : to ask the price ofb : to bid or bargain for
2a : to make cheap in price or valueb : to lower in general esteemc : to make tawdry, vulgar, or inferior
: to become cheap
Examples of cheapen in a Sentence
products cheapened by sloppy workmanship
Using the national flag in advertising only cheapens it.
Poor marketing can cheapen a brand name.
I thought that the show cheapened the lives of the people it portrayed.
The wedding ceremony was cheapened by the best man's tasteless jokes.
First Known Use of cheapen
CHEAPEN Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of cheapen for Students
: to cause to be of lower quality, value, or importance Products are cheapened by poor workmanship.
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