Definitions of condescend

  1. To descend willingly from a superior position: to act kindly to inferiors: to deign: to lower ones self. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2. To stoop willingly from a higher position; deign. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3. To be gracious, affable, or social, as with an inferior; deign. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. behave in a patronizing and condescending manner Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or dishonorable way; "I won't stoop to reading other people's mail" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. To stoop or descend; to let one's self down; to submit; to waive the privilege of rank or dignity; to accommodate one's self to an inferior. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. To consent. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. To do some act of courtesy or kindness to an inferior as if an equal; to stoop or descend; to submit; to yield. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for condescend

  1. She said, with majestic disdain: " I don't hate the man- I don't condescend to hate him." – Love Me Little, Love Me Long by Charles Reade Edition: 10 Language: English
  2. I am going to condescend to make you an offer, M. de Marsac. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman