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cheapen


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cheapen 
  v  :  lower  the  grade  of  something  reduce  its  worth  [syn:  {degrade}] 




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