deign

[deyn]
verb (used without object)
1.
to think fit or in accordance with one's dignity; condescend: He would not deign to discuss the matter with us.
verb (used with object)
2.
to condescend to give or grant: He deigned no reply.
3.
Obsolete. to condescend to accept.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English deinen < Old French deignier < Latin dignārī to judge worthy, equivalent to dign(us) worthy + -ārī infinitive suffix

deign, dine.
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deign (deɪn)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to think it fit or worthy of oneself (to do something); condescend: he will not deign to speak to us
2.  archaic (tr) to vouchsafe: he deigned no reply
 
[C13: from Old French deignier, from Latin dignārī to consider worthy, from dignus worthy]

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deign
c.1300, from O.Fr. deignier, from L. dignari "to deem worthy or fit," from dignus "worthy" (see dignity). Sense of "take or accept graciously" led to that of "condescend" (1589).
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Example sentences
Beth is supposed to be rewarded for her goodness in even deigning to date her strange neighbor.
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