deign definition

  • verb-intransitive:
    • to consider it proper to a single's dignity; condescend: would not deign to welcome the servant which started the door. See Synonyms at stoop1.
    • To think worthwhile; to vouchsafe; to condescend; - - followed by an infinitive.
  • verb-transitive:
    • To condescend to give or grant; vouchsafe. "Nor would we deign him burial of his men” ( Shakespeare).
    • To esteem worthy; to think about really worth notice; -- in opposition to disdain.
    • To condescend to offer or bestow; to stoop to provide; to vouchsafe; to permit; to give.
  • verb:
    • To condescend; to simply accept as proper to one's dignity.
    • To condescend to provide; to accomplish something.
    • take action that certain considers to be below one's self-esteem
  • others:
    • to imagine worthy; believe well of; think worthy of acceptance.
    • To grant or allow, as by condescension or benefit.
    • To vouchsafe; condescend: with an infinitive for item.

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