verb (cheapened; cheapening) Date: 1562 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

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  • Cheapen — Cheap en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cheapened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cheapening}.] [OE. cheapien, chepen, to trade, buy, sell, AS. ce[ a]pian; akin to D. koopen to buy, G. kaufen, Icel. kaupa, Goth. kaup[=o]n to trade. Cf. {Chap} to bargain.] 1. To ask… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cheapen — index damage, debase, deduct (reduce), demean (make lower), denature, depreciate, depress, dilute …   Law dictionary

  • cheapen — [v] diminish worth abase, beat down, belittle, corrupt, damage, debase, decline, decry, degrade, demean, denigrate, depreciate, derogate, devalue, discredit, disparage, downgrade, drop, fall, lose value, lower, mar, mark down, minimize, reduce,… …   New thesaurus

  • cheapen — ► VERB 1) lower the price of. 2) degrade the worth of …   English terms dictionary

  • cheapen — [chēp′ən] vt. [ME chepen < OE ceapian, to trade, buy (pres. meaning < CHEAP)] 1. to make cheap or cheaper 2. to depreciate, belittle, or bring into contempt 3. Archaic to bargain for vi. to become cheap or cheaper …   English World dictionary

  • cheapen — verb 1 (T) to make something or someone seem to have lower moral standards than they had before: cheapen yourself by doing sth: Don t cheapen yourself by accepting their bribe. 2 (I, T) to become or make something become lower in price or value:… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • cheapen — UK [ˈtʃiːpən] / US [ˈtʃɪpən] verb [transitive] Word forms cheapen : present tense I/you/we/they cheapen he/she/it cheapens present participle cheapening past tense cheapened past participle cheapened 1) to make someone or something seem less… …   English dictionary

  • cheapen — cheapener, n. /chee peuhn/, v.t. 1. to make cheap or cheaper. 2. to lower in esteem; bring into contempt: Constant swearing cheapened him. 3. to decrease the quality or beauty of; make inferior or vulgar: She cheapened the dress by adding a… …   Universalium

  • cheapen — verb a) to decrease the value of; to make cheap b) to make vulgar …   Wiktionary

  • cheapen — Synonyms and related words: adulterate, alloy, bargain, beat down, bid, bid for, break, canker, chaffer, coarsen, confound, contaminate, corrupt, cut, cut prices, debase, debauch, decline, decry, defile, deflate, deflower, degenerate, degrade,… …   Moby Thesaurus