Definition of cheapen in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Reduce the price of.

    ‘the depreciation of the dollar would cheapen U.S. exports’
    • ‘A third method was dollar devaluation, to cheapen the selling price of American goods abroad.’
    • ‘In the middle of the decade the government began dropping trade restrictions in order to cheapen imported inputs and promote export-oriented growth.’
    • ‘The idea of competitive price pressures - it sounds like it's all about just cheapening the price of labor.’
    • ‘The big difference is that the Taiwanese were under no illusion that by creating and selling hardware, they were in any way changing the world, other than by cheapening the cost of PCs.’
    • ‘Some companies' trailers in the lower price range are cheapened in a lot of areas.’
    • ‘Similarly, all of the world's main central banks have lowered interest rates - which helps to cheapen the supply of credit, so helping to stimulate economic activity.’
    • ‘But an increase in the dollar makes US exports more expensive in world markets and cheapens imports, thereby widening the trade gap and creating the need for an even greater inflow of foreign funds.’
    reduce, lower, lower in price, cut, mark down, discount, depreciate, devalue, depress, put down, keep down
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    1. 1.1 Degrade.
      ‘the mass media simplify and cheapen the experience of art’
      • ‘The second flaw, however, has the unfortunate effect of cheapening the experience.’
      • ‘It's a shame that the sexual nature of the film cheapened the brilliant work here.’
      • ‘Quite rightly we did not want our national flag to be dishonoured or cheapened in any way.’
      • ‘And, quite honestly, that tends to just cheapen your own experience.’
      • ‘This resulted in their being cheapened, demeaned, and exploited.’
      • ‘The hollow spin of backroom politicos has cheapened political discourse, and journalists often compound this with lazy attempts at the appearance of balance.’
      • ‘Citizenship is cheapened and devalued in these ways.’
      • ‘They cheapen the level of discourse and scientific exchange.’
      • ‘How much does the experience of transcendence alter the modern world of degraded or cheapened thought and feeling?’
      • ‘Tensions are the driving forces in our lives, the struggles stretching and deepening as opposed to cheapening our life experience.’
      • ‘Whatever it was, trying to put it all into words, to explain it to Simon, somehow cheapened the whole experience.’
      • ‘When you start opening yourself up in that way, it cheapens your life.’
      • ‘Regardless of class, drug addiction ravages and cheapens a person and destroys families.’
      • ‘That just cheapened the whole experience for me.’
      • ‘It can be, and sometimes is, without the cultural compromise which cheapens what it seeks to advance.’
      • ‘More important, I appreciate your decision not to include the tawdry things, which tend toward cheapening and denigrating what should be viewed as a positive and healthy lifestyle.’
      • ‘If true, it not only shows how much Welles was asking for it, but it cheapens the movie somehow; it seems like very much the act of a 25 year old, thinking that reducing every motivation to sex constitutes a particular insight.’
      • ‘These comedians and pundits will choose the easy laugh or the facile debating point every time - even if it cheapens the discourse of the political campaign.’
      • ‘Lowering the entrance bar cheapens the value of admission.’
      • ‘What really hurts the story, though, is how it is presented, as the voice acting is often not very good, cheapening the whole experience.’
      demean, debase, degrade, lower, humble, devalue, drag down, abase, discredit, disgrace, dishonour, shame, humiliate, mortify, betray, prostitute
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