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deign to (do something)

To condescend to do something; to do something that one considers below one's status. Now that Billy's famous, I doubt he'll deign to call his own mother.
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deign to do something

to lower oneself to do something. She will never deign to join in with us. I expect that he will not deign to have dinner with us.
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Next time a denizen of downtown or the Westside deigns to visit this dusty, dismal depression between the hills, call me.
We have found that current demands have indicated an increased need for special HSK deigns with lengths that vary from industry DIN standard 32A, 50A, 63A and 100A HSK holders.
I particularly savor tableaux in which the artist deigns to place a tattered hero-figure in the extreme foreground (say, a Doc Savage type), running boldly toward and past the reader in escape, the implication being that he is too savvy to want a part of the arcane, titanic, wanton struggles at hand.
PRESIDENT CLINTON'S FOREIGN POLicy is as much at sea as the Haitian refugees it now deigns to protect.
13-micron compiler gives SoC design engineers complete control when assessing various options and benefits of implementing 1T-SRAM memory technology in their SoC deigns.
California decision is the question of community standards; at least on paper, the High Court deigns to allow communities to outlaw materials that are patently perverse.
Well, maybe, but given the stultifying blandness of tonight's entry, no one'll be around to witness it if the show actually deigns to become watchable.
Calzaghe's punching power cannot be questioned since he decked Chris Eubank to take this title three years ago, but whether he deigns to use it is another thing.