Learner's definition of DEGRADE
to treat (someone or something) poorly and without respect
The group accuses the company of degrading women in its ads.
I am not going to degrade [=lower] myself by responding to these baseless accusations.
He felt degraded by their remarks.
to make the quality of (something) worse
to cause (something complex) to break down into simple substances or parts
[more degrading; most degrading]