cheapen cheapen  /ˈtʃi pən/


  • (v) lower the grade of something; reduce its worth


  1. The company insisted that price-cutting would cheapen the cachet of the brand.
  2. It's probably not a good idea to try to duplicate the best moment of one's life 40 times, if only because it will cheapen the truly good times.
  3. When she finds she is not selling enough abroad, she can cheapen the pound and thus cheapen her goods to her customers.


  1. Lakewood approves signs with changing messages

    LAKEWOOD — Digital billboards are approved for 10 locations on the township's busiest roads, despite some residents begging the Township Committee to ban them because, they say, the signs distract drivers and cheapen the community's image.
    on July 28, 2013     Source: Asbury Park Press

  2. Convenient feminists cheapen the movement

    I describe myself as a feminist, an advocate for equality in the social sphere and in all aspects of life. Because of this, I can’t condone the hypocrisy of cheapening feminist ideals by only applying them when convenient.
    on July 24, 2013     Source: The Daily Evergreen


  1. "If and when we see mortgages cheapen, we expect to see private institutions stepping in to buy," Simon said. "Lower- priced homes bottomed last year. Higher-priced homes should bottom later this year."
    on Apr 11, 2010 By: Scott Simon Source: BusinessWeek

  2. "No, it doesn't cheapen the World Series," New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said during a midweek awards ceremony at Busch.
    on Oct 28, 2006 By: Derek Jeter Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "Every media property Murdoch has owned has been put to his political purposes, as is demonstrated by how he uses the Fox networks to project right-wing politics (into) news and commentary and to cheapen the national culture," Bagdikian says.
    on May 1, 2007 By: Ben Bagdikian Source: USA Today

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