verb (used with object)
to make cheap or cheaper.
to lower in esteem; bring into contempt: Constant swearing cheapened him.
to decrease the quality or beauty of; make inferior or vulgar: She cheapened the dress by adding a fringe to it.
Archaic. to bargain for.
verb (used without object)
to become cheap or cheaper.
is one of our favorite verbs.
So is bowdlerise. Does it mean:
Origin: 1555–65; cheap Related forms
; replacing Middle English chepen
(> obsolete English cheap
(v.)) to price, bargain, Old English cēapian
to bargain, trade, buy; cognate with Old Norse kaupa, Gothic kaupōn, German kaufen