deign

  • 1 Deign — (d[=a]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deigned} (d[=a]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Deigning}.] [OE. deinen, deignen, OF. degner, deigner, daigner, F. daigner, fr. L. dignari to deem worthy, deign, fr. dignus worthy; akin to decere to be fitting. See {Decent},… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Deign — Deign, v. i. To think worthy; to vouchsafe; to condescend; followed by an infinitive. [1913 Webster] O deign to visit our forsaken seats. Pope. [1913 Webster] Yet not Lord Cranstone deigned she greet. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] Round turned he …

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  • 3 deign — [deın] v [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: deignier, from Latin dignus deserving admiration ] deign to do sth to do something that you think you are really too important to do often used humorously ▪ Travis called after her, but she didn t… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 4 deign — ► VERB (deign to do) ▪ do something that one considers to be beneath one s dignity. ORIGIN Latin dignare deem worthy , from dignus worthy …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 deign — [dān] vi. [ME deignen < OFr deignier < L dignare, dignari, to deem worthy < dignus, worthy: see DIGNITY] to condescend to do something thought to be slightly beneath one s dignity [the duchess deigned to shake my hand] vt. to condescend… …

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  • 6 deign — I verb allow, allow with condescension, be so good as to, condescend, descend, favor, grant, patronize, stoop, vouchsafe II index accede (concede), bestow, patronize (condescend toward) Burt …

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  • 7 deign — [ deın ] verb intransitive if someone deigns to do something, they do it but in a way that shows they are not willing: Mandy was the only person who deigned to speak to him …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 8 deign — c.1300, from O.Fr. deignier (Mod.Fr. daigner), from L. dignari to deem worthy or fit (Cf. It. degnare, Sp. deñar), from dignus worthy (see DIGNITY (Cf. dignity)). Sense of take or accept graciously led to that of condescend (1580s) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 deign — condescend, *stoop Analogous words: vouchsafe, accord, concede, *grant, award …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 deign — [v] lower oneself condescend, consent, deem worthy, patronize, see fit*, stoop, think fit*, vouchsafe; concept 35 Ant. be proud, hold head high …

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  • 11 deign — UK [deɪn] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms deign : present tense I/you/we/they deign he/she/it deigns present participle deigning past tense deigned past participle deigned showing disapproval if someone deigns to do something, they do it but… …

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  • 12 deign — verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French deigner, from Latin dignare, dignari, from dignus worthy more at decent Date: 14th century intransitive verb to condescend reluctantly and with a strong sense of the affront to one s superiority… …

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  • 13 deign — /dayn/, v.i. 1. to think fit or in accordance with one s dignity; condescend: He would not deign to discuss the matter with us. v.t. 2. to condescend to give or grant: He deigned no reply. 3. Obs. to condescend to accept. [1250 1300; ME deinen <… …

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  • 14 deign — verb a) To condescend; to accept as appropriate to ones dignity. He didnt even deign to give us a nod of the head; he thought us that far beneath him. b) To condescend to give; to do something. The priest deigned a glance at the girl, but replied …

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  • 15 deign — [[t]de͟ɪn[/t]] deigns, deigning, deigned VERB (disapproval) If you say that someone deigned to do something, you are expressing your disapproval of the fact that they did it unwillingly, because they thought they were too important to do it.… …

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  • 16 deign — [deɪn] verb do something that one considers to be beneath one s dignity: she did not deign to answer. Origin ME: from OFr. degnier, from L. dignare, dignari deem worthy , from dignus worthy …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 17 deign — verb deign to do something an expression meaning to agree to do something, often used jokingly when you think someone should do that thing all the time: Ah, so you ve deigned to grace us with your presence I see! …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 deign — verb he ll never deign to return to his father s house Syn: condescend, stoop, lower oneself, demean oneself, humble oneself; consent, vouchsafe; informal come down from one s high horse …

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  • 19 deign — [[t]deɪn[/t]] v. i. 1) to think fit with one s dignity; condescend: would not deign to visit us[/ex] 2) to condescend to give or grant: deigned no reply[/ex] • Etymology: 1250–1300; < OF deignier < L dignārī to judge worthy …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 deign — Synonyms and related words: OK, accede to, accept, accord to, agree, agree to, approve, approve of, assent, be willing, concede, condescend, connive at, consent, consent to silently, descend, endorse, give consent, go along with, grant, have no… …

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