belittle - Dictionary definition and meaning for word belittle

(verb) cause to seem less serious; play down
Synonyms : denigrate , derogate , minimize
Example Sentence
  • Don't belittle his influence
(verb) express a negative opinion of
Synonyms : disparage , pick at
Example Sentence
  • She disparaged her student's efforts
(verb) lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of
Synonyms : diminish
Example Sentence
  • don't belittle your colleagues

Memory aid to help you memorize this

be+little-->if u tell someone to 'be little',it is like deprecating them to be only 'small'
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be+little -- be little in value, depreciate ~ In recent days the value of dollar has depreciated a lot.
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belittle: in tamil its like saying ADANGURIYA !!!! so be little.. so ur disparaging them
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