degradar
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degradar(
deh
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grah
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dahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to debase)
a. to degrade
Degrada a sus empleados haciendo que trabajen horas extra sin paga.He degrades his employees by making them work overtime for no pay.
2. (to wear away)
a. to degrade
La humedad acabó por degradar la pintura de la pared.The humidity ended up degrading the paint on the walls.
3. (military)
a. to demote
Es justo degradar a un militar que comete un delito.It is fair to demote a solider who commits a crime.
4. (geology)
a. to impoverish
Aplicar demasiado fertilizante degrada el suelo.Applying too much fertilizer to the soil impoverishes it.
degradarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
5. (to debase oneself)
a. to degrade oneself
No comprendo cómo una mujer puede degradarse por un hombre.I cannot understand how a woman can degrade herself for a man.
b. to lower oneself
En mi última relación tóxica acabé degradándome sin apenas darme cuenta.In my last toxic relationship I ended up lowering myself almost without realizing it.
c. to demean oneself
Juan no estaba dispuesto a degradarse y por eso dejó el trabajo.Juan was not willing to demean himself and so he quit his job.
6. (to disintegrate)
a. to deteriorate
Una bolsa de plástico tarda años en degradarse y por eso nunca se deberían tirar al mar.It takes years for a plastic bag to deteriorate, which is why you should never throw them in the ocean.
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degradar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (moralmente)
a. to degrade, to debase
2. (de un cargo)
a. to demote
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (general)
a. to degrade o lower oneself
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degradar
transitive verb
1 (deteriorar) [+salud] to cause to deteriorate; [+litoral] to spoil; [+calidad] to lower; make worse
2 (Mil) to demote; downgrade
3 (Informática) [+datos] to corrupt
4 (Geología) [+suelo] to impoverish
pronominal verb
degradarse to demean o.s.; degrade o.s.
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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