v. t.

  1. To annul in part; to repeal partly; to restrict; to limit the action of; -- said of a law.
  2. To lessen; to detract from; to disparage; to depreciate; -- said of a person or thing.

v. i.

  1. To take away; to detract; to withdraw; -- usually with from.
  2. To act beneath one-s rank, place, birth, or character; to degenerate.


  1. Diminished in value; dishonored; degraded.