cheapen

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verb cheap·en \ˈchē-pən\

Definition of cheapen

cheapened

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cheapening

play \ˈchēp-niŋ, ˈchē-pə-\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 [obsolete English cheap to price, bid for] archaic a :  to ask the price ofb :  to bid or bargain for

  3. 2a :  to make cheap in price or valueb :  to lower in general esteemc :  to make tawdry, vulgar, or inferior

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  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.

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

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cheapening

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



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