condescend - vocabulary

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condescend -verb

Three meanings:

1. To behave as if conscious of descending from a superior position, rank, or dignity, as in The wealthy art patron, seemingly put upon, condescended to attend the “new art” exhibit.

2. To stoop to do something, as in He would not condescend to misrepresent the situation.

3. To voluntarily assume equality with one regarded as inferior, as in He condescended to their level of knowledge in order to be understood.

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