from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To lower in character, quality, or value; degrade. See Synonyms at adulterate, corrupt, degrade.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To lower in character, quality, or value; to degrade.
- v. To lower the value of (a currency) by reducing the amount of valuable metal in the coins.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To reduce from a higher to a lower state or grade of worth, dignity, purity, station, etc.; to degrade; to lower; to deteriorate; to abase
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To reduce in quality or state; impair the purity, worth, or credit of; vitiate; adulterate: as, to debase gold or silver by alloy.
- To lower or impair morally; degrade.
- Synonyms Debase, Degrade, etc. (see abase), lower, deteriorate, dishonor, alloy, taint, corrupt, defile. See list under degrade.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. lower in value by increasing the base-metal content
- v. corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
- v. corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
de- + base2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)