—adj.der'u-git, -gāt"), [key]
—v., -gat•ed, -gat•ing,
to detract, as from authority, estimation, etc. (usually fol. by from
to stray in character or conduct; degenerate (usually fol. by from
to disparage or belittle.
to take away (a part) so as to impair the whole.
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