Pronunciation: (di-bās'), [key]
—v.t., -based, -bas•ing.
1. to reduce in quality or value; adulterate: They debased the value of the dollar.
2. to lower in rank, dignity, or significance: He wouldn't debase himself by doing manual labor.
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