from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To descend to the level of one considered inferior; lower oneself. See Synonyms at stoop1.
- intransitive v. To deal with people in a patronizingly superior manner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To come down from one's superior position; to deign (to do something).
- v. To treat (someone) as though inferior; to be patronizing (toward someone); to talk down (to someone).
- v. To consent, agree.
- v. To come down.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To stoop or descend; to let one's self down; to submit; to waive the privilege of rank or dignity; to accommodate one's self to an inferior.
- intransitive v. To consent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To descend from the superior position, rank, or dignity proper or usually accorded to one; voluntarily waive ceremony and assume equality with an inferior; be complaisant, yielding, or consenting in dealings with inferiors; deign.
- To stoop or submit; be subject; yield.
- To assent; agree.
- To agree to submit or furnish; specify; vouchsafe: with upon: as, to condescend upon particulars.
- Synonyms To stoop, deign, vouchsafe, bend.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. behave in a patronizing and condescending manner
- v. treat condescendingly
- v. do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
- v. debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or dishonorable way
Middle English condescenden, from Old French condescendre, from Late Latin condēscendere : Latin com-, intensive pref.; see com- + dēscendere, to descend; see descend.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English condescenden, from Old French condescendre, from Late Latin condescendere ("to let one's self down, stoop, condescend"), from Latin com- ("together") + descendere ("to come down"); see descend. (Wiktionary)