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condescend to

To act as though others are less important or inferior to oneself. Jim has been condescending to us ever since he found out he got cast in that movie. Can you please stop condescending to me? Contrary to what you may think, I'm not an idiot.
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condescend to (do something)

To do something that one feels is unworthy or demeaning. Now that Jim thinks he's a big movie star, I doubt he'll condescend to talk to us common folk.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

condescend to do something

to agree to do something that is humbling or belittling. I will not condescend to respond to that remark. "Will you condescend to join us for dinner?" teased Bob.
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condescend to someone

to talk down to someone; to treat people as if they were below oneself; to patronize someone. Please do not condescend to me. There is no need to condescend to the children. They are just small, not stupid.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Sera tao mais facil quanto mais ela o levar diretamente a obedecer [je unmittelbarer die Mutter den Sohn ins Horen bringt], nao simplesmente a condescender a escutar, mas a escutar de uma maneira tal que nao consiga mais parar de querer faze-lo.
Por otra parte, se destacan los aspectos materiales de la produccion de la revista: precio, aumento del numero de paginas, incorporacion de novedades tecnicas, erratas, entre otros, todos ellos significativos para precisar y distinguir al semanario del modo de produccion de las revistas circuito culto, al que tal vez, se considera demasiado homogeneamente en sus posiciones con respecto al mercado--con el que en varios casos, mas que condescender, imaginaron pactos deseables.
Para De Laserna (3), la obra ganaria en intensidad si se suprimieran los demas actos, mientras que para Azorin "no hace falta" el ultimo, escrito para "condescender con el publico, el viejo publico" (8: 301).
Afirmar que en los primeros capitulos del Genesis la Escritura usa un lenguaje figurado al modo humano, para condescender (como diria Dante) con nuestro ingenio, es completamente correcto (24).