Cheapen

Cheap"en

(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cheapened (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Cheapening.] [OE. cheapien, chepen, to trade, buy, sell, AS. cepian; akin to D. koopen to buy, G. kaufen, Icel. kaupa, Goth. kaupn to trade. Cf. Chap to bargain.] 1. To ask the price of; to bid, bargain, or chaffer for. [Obsoles.]
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Pretend to cheapen goods, but nothing buy.
Swift.
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2. [Cf. Cheap, a.] To beat down the price of; to lessen the value of; to depreciate. Pope.
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My proffered love has cheapened me.
Dryden.
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