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Definition of the verb cheapen
What does cheapen mean as a doing word?
verb - inflections: cheapened | cheapening | cheapens
- lower the grade of something; reduce its worth
Syntactic formula Example for the syntactic formula [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] Bill dried the clothes [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective] The clothes dried wrinkled [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective] with [Instrument] Tony broke the piggy bank open with a hammer [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state] Tony broke the glass to pieces [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state] with [Instrument] Tony broke the glass to pieces with a hammer [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument] Bill dried the clothes with a hairdryer [Instrument] [Verb] [Patient] The hairdryer dried the clothes [Patient] [Verb] The clothes dried | The roses bloomed [Patient] [Verb] [Adjective] Piggy banks break open [Patient] [Verb] [Adjective] with [Instrument] Piggy banks break open with a hammer [Patient] [Verb] [Adverb] Copper rods bend easily | Cotton clothes dry easily | Crystal vases break easily | Idaho potatoes bake beautifully [Patient] [Verb] to / into [Oblique, state] Glasses break to pieces [Patient] [Verb] to / into [Oblique, state] with [Instrument] Glasses break to pieces with a rock
Verbs of Change of State (with the same syntax): abase, abate, abbreviate, abrade, abridge, accelerate, acetify, acidify, activate, advance, age, agglomerate, air, alkalify, alter, ameliorate, americanize, amplify, anesthetize, anglicize, animate, apostatize, atomize, attenuate, augment, awake, awaken, balance, beautify, bedew, bifurcate, bisect, blacken, blast, bleach, bloody, blunt, blur, bolshevize, botch, brighten, broaden, burn, burst, calcify, capacitate, capsize, caramelize, carbonize, castrate, categorize, catholicize, cauterize, change, char, chill, chlorinate, christianize, circumcise, civilize, clean, clear, clog, close, clouded, coagulate, coarsen, collapse, collect, commercialize, compress, condense, constrict, constringe, construct, contract, cool, correct, corrode, corrugate, corrupt, cremate, crimson, crisp, crumble, crystallize, curdle, dampen, darken, de-escalate, deafen, decelerate, decentralize, decrease, deepen, deflate, defrost, degenerate, degrade, dehumidify, dehydrate, demagnetize, demobilize, democratize, depressurize, desalinate, desiccate, destabilize, deteriorate, detonate, devalue, diffract, diffuse, dilate, dilute, dim, diminish, dirty, disintegrate, dislocate, disorganize, disperse, dissipate, dissolve, diversify, divide, domesticate, double, drain, dry, dull, ease, effeminate, emaciate, emasculate, embitter, embrocate, empty, emulsify, energize, enhance, enlarge, equalize, equilibrate, eternalize, europeanize, evaporate, even, expand, explode, fade, famish, fatten, federate, feminize, fertilize, fill, firm, flatten, flood, fossilize, fray, freeze, freshen, frost, fructify, fuse, gasify, gelatinize, gladden, granulate, gray, grow, halt, harden, harmonize, hasten, heal, heat, heighten, humidify, hush, hybridize, hydrogenate, ignite, improve, incinerate, increase, incubate, inflate, intensify, invert, iodize, ionize, kindle, laminate, lengthen, lessen, level, levitate, light, lighten, lignify, liquefy, loop, loose, loosen, macerate, magnetize, magnify, mature, mechanize, mellow, melt, mineralize, mobilize, moderate, modernize, modulate, moisten, motorize, muddy, multiply, mute, narrow, nasalize, nationalize, naturalize, neutralize, nitrify, normalize, objectify, obscure, open, operate, ossify, overturn, oxidize, pale, paralyze, pasteurize, perfect, petrify, polarize, polymerize, pop, popularize, proliferate, propagate, publicize, pulverize, purify, purple, putrefy, quadruple, quicken, quiet, quieten, rarefy, reanimate, redden, regularize, rekindle, reopen, reproduce, resuscitate, reverse, revive, ripen, roughen, rupture, saponify, scorch, sear, secularize, sharpen, short, short-circuit, shorten, shrink, shrivel, shush, shut, sicken, silence, silver, singe, sink, slack, slacken, slim, slow, smooth, soak, sober, soften, solidify, sour, sovietize, sprout, stabilize, standardize, steady, steep, steepen, sterilize, stiffen, stratify, strengthen, submerge, subside, sunburn, sweeten, tame, tan, taper, tauten, tense, thaw, thicken, thin, tighten, tilt, tire, topple, toughen, tousle, tranquilize, treble, triple, ulcerate, unionize, urbanize, vaporize, vary, ventilate, vibrate, vitrify, volatilize, vulcanize, wake, waken, warm, weaken, westernize, wet, whiten, widen, worsen, yellow.
- lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
- synonym of cheapen: degrade
- more generic words: aggravate / exacerbate / exasperate / worsen = make worse
- more specific words: devaluate / devalue = remove the value from
Alternative definition of the verb cheapen
- [transitive] to decrease the value of; to make cheap
- [transitive] to make vulgar
- [intransitive] to become cheaper
Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for cheapen
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Tokyo Megacity (2012)
by Donald Richie
But to cheapen also means to make more economical, and making small, making standard, indeed, making in the traditional Japanese manner involves a number of these attributes. There were and are standards, but these are for things ...
A View of the City by Donald Richie
But to cheapen also means to make more economical. Making small, making ...
A Lateral View (1998)
Essays on Culture and Style in Contemporary Japan by Donald Richie
But to cheapen also means to make more economical. Making mall, making standard, indeed made traditional Japanesestyle. Tatami mats, shoji doors, always in predetermined sizes, created affordable Japanese architecture; microchips ...
by Sidney L. Landau
devalue, lessen, lower, cheapen, drop, fall, wane, decline, diminish, sink, ebb, slump, sag, tumble, plunge. 2 look down on, belittle, denigrate, disparage, sneer, slight, scorn, condescend, derogate, slur, scoff, ridicule. ant. 1 rise, grow, go up, ...
by David R Smith
by Walter William Skeat
cedp, price; whence the verb cedptan, to cheapen, buy. So also Du. koop, a bargain, whence koopen, to buy ; G. kauf, purchase, whence kaufen, to buy ; Icel. kaup, Swed. hop, Dan. kiob, a purchase ; Goth, kaupon (weak vb.), to traffic.
by Robert Hunter
ceap = price, ceapian = to cheapen, to buy; Dut. koop = a bargain; Icel.
by Joseph Bosworth
dingen to cheapen, to higgle, to go to law, to plead at the bar, to aspire after a place : Ger. dingen to cheapen, higgle, hire : Old Ger. thingon, dingon, githingon, gidingon, dingan to speak, transact, hire, to go to law, to plead at the bar : Lat.
The Encyclop Dic Dictionary (1901)
A New, and Original Work of Reference to All the Words in the English Language with a Full Account of Their Origin, Meaning, Pronounciation, and Use by Robert Hunter
ceap = price, ceapian = to cheapen, to buy ; Dut. koop = a bargain; Icel. kaup = a bargain, kaupa = to buy ; Sw. köp = a ain; kópa = to buy ; Dan. kiöb, kiöbe; Goth. £ = to traffic; O. H. Ger. coufou, M.H. Ger. koufen, Ger. kaufen = to buy, kauf ...
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Scrabble value of C3H4E1A1P3E1N1
The value of this 7-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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