v. deigned, deign·ing, deigns
To do something that one considers beneath one's dignity; condescend: wouldn't deign to greet the servant who opened the door. See Synonyms at stoop1.
To condescend to give or grant; vouchsafe: "Nor would we deign him burial of his men" (Shakespeare).
[Middle English deinen, from Old French deignier, to regard as worthy, from Latin dignārī, from dignus, worthy; see dek- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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