Pronunciation: (bas'tur-dīz"), [key]
—v., -ized, iz•ing.
1. to lower in condition or worth; debase: hybrid works that neither preserve nor bastardize existing art forms.
2. to declare or prove (someone) to be a bastard.
3. Australian.to harass or humiliate as part of initiation into a college or regiment.
to become debased. Also, esp. Brit.,bas'tard•ise".
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.