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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Condescend \Con`de*scend"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Condescended; p. pr. & vb. n. Condescending.] [F. condescendre, LL. condescendere, fr. L. con- + descendere. See Descend.] 1. To stoop or descend; to let one's self down; to submit; to waive the privilege of rank or dignity; to accommodate one's self to an inferior. "Condescend to men of low estate." --Rom. xii. 16. [1913 Webster] Can they think me so broken, so debased With corporal servitude, that my mind ever Will condescend to such absurd commands? --Milton. [1913 Webster] Spain's mighty monarch, In gracious clemency, does condescend, On these conditions, to become your friend. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Note: Often used ironically, implying an assumption of superiority. [1913 Webster] Those who thought they were honoring me by condescending to address a few words to me. --F. W. Robinson. [1913 Webster] 2. To consent. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] All parties willingly condescended heruento. --R. Carew. Syn: To yield; stoop; descend; deign; vouchsafe. [1913 Webster] Condescendence