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Meaning of CHEAPEN

Pronunciation:  'cheepun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  lower the grade of something; reduce its worth
 

CHEAPEN is a 7 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: degrade
 
 See Also: aggravate, devaluate, devalue, exacerbate, exasperate, worsen

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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 price of; to bid, bargain, or chaffer for.
   [Obsoles.]

         Pretend to cheapen goods, but nothing buy. --Swift.

2. [Cf. {Cheap}, a.] To beat down the price of; to lessen the
   value of; to depreciate. --Pope.

         My proffered love has cheapened me.   --Dryden.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: 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, denature, deprave, depreciate, desecrate, despoil, devaluate, devalue, dicker, distort, dive, downgrade, drive a bargain, fall, fall in price, give way, haggle, higgle, huckster, infect, jew down, lower, mark down, misuse, negotiate, nose-dive, outbid, pare, pervert, plummet, plunge, poison, pollute, prostitute, ravage, ravish, reduce, sag, shave, slash, slump, taint, trim, twist, ulcerate, underbid, undervalue, violate, vitiate, vulgarize, warp, write down, write off
 

 

 

 

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