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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

To do something that you think you are really too important to do. To consider an act to be in keeping with one's dignity; condescend.

Usage examples (36)
  • Did the magistrate deign to discuss the issue with the citizen?
  • Is the word deign used correctly here: Did the guy actually think he would deign that question with a response?
  • "If the ladies would only deign to smile on us --"
  • 'Jupiter omnipotent, deign to favour this daring deed. for more
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