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  • 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 …   Wiktionary

  • 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

  • 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… …   English World dictionary

  • 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… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 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 …   Universalium

  • 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

  • give — I. v. a. 1. Bestow (voluntarily and without compensation), accord. See confer. 2. Furnish, supply, afford, spare, accommodate with. 3. Impart, communicate. 4. Pay, exchange. 5. Permit, allow, vouchsafe, deign …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • 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… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • deign — /deɪn / (say dayn) verb (i) 1. to think fit or in accordance with one s dignity; condescend: *Uncle Jay Jay was laughing like fun; even aunt Helen deigned to smile –miles franklin, 1901. –verb (t) 2. to condescend to give or grant. {Middle… …  

  • deign — v. 1 intr. (foll. by to + infin.) think fit, condescend. 2 tr. (usu. with neg.) archaic condescend to give (an answer etc.). Etymology: ME f. OF degnier, deigner, daigner f. L dignare, ari deem worthy f. dignus worthy …   Useful english dictionary

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