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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 deign /ˈden/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Deign v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deigned p. pr. & vb. n. Deigning.]
 1. To esteem worthy; to consider worth notice; -- opposed to disdain. [Obs.]
    I fear my Julia would not deign my lines.   --Shak.
 2. To condescend to give or bestow; to stoop to furnish; to vouchsafe; to allow; to grant.
    Nor would we deign him burial of his men.   --Shak.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Deign, v. i. To think worthy; to vouchsafe; to condescend; - - followed by an infinitive.
    O deign to visit our forsaken seats.   --Pope.
    Yet not Lord Cranstone deigned she greet.   --Sir W. Scott.
 Round turned he, as not deigning
 Those craven ranks to see.   --Macaulay.
 Note: In early English deign was often used impersonally.
    Him deyneth not to set his foot to ground.   --Chaucer.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v : do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
          [syn: condescend, descend]