dumb something down or dumb down

informal make or become less intellectually challenging.
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English new terms dictionary. 2014.

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  • dumb something down — ˌdumb ˈdown | ˌdumb sthˈdown derived (disapproving) to make sth less accurate or ↑educational, and of worse quality, by trying to make it easier for people to understand • The BBC denies that its broadcasting has been dumbed down. Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • dumb — (adj.) O.E. dumb silent, unable to speak, from PIE *dheubh confusion, stupefaction, dizziness, from root *dheu (1) dust, mist, vapor, smoke, and related notions of defective perception or wits. The Old English, Old Saxon (dumb), Gothic (dumbs),… …   Etymology dictionary

  • dumb — adjective 1》 unable to speak, typically because of congenital deafness.     ↘(of animals) unable to speak as a natural state.     ↘temporarily unable or unwilling to speak. 2》 informal, chiefly N. Amer. stupid. 3》 (of a computer terminal) having… …   English new terms dictionary

  • Dumb and Dumber — Theatrical release poster, parodying Forrest Gump Directed by Peter Farrelly Bobby Farrelly Produced by …   Wikipedia

  • Dumb Witness —   Dust jacket illustrat …   Wikipedia

  • dumb — dumb1 S3 [dʌm] adj [: Old English;] 1.) informal stupid ▪ What a dumb question. ▪ a bunch of dumb kids ▪ What is it? I asked, playing dumb (=pretending to be stupid) . ▪ She s no dumb blonde (=a pretty woman with blonde hair who seems stupid) . 2 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dumb — [[t]dʌ̱m[/t]] dumber, dumbest 1) ADJ Someone who is dumb is completely unable to speak. ...a young deaf and dumb man. Syn: mute 2) ADJ: v link ADJ If someone is dumb on a particular occasion, they cannot speak because they are angry, shocked, or… …   English dictionary

  • dumb — dumb1 [ dʌm ] adjective * 1. ) INFORMAL stupid: She s so dumb she can t even figure out her answering machine. You gave him your phone number? That was a dumb thing to do. a ) play/act dumb to pretend to not know or understand something: Don t… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dumb down — phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms dumb down : present tense I/you/we/they dumb down he/she/it dumbs down present participle dumbing down past tense dumbed down past participle dumbed down to make something simpler and easier to… …   English dictionary

  • dumb — I UK [dʌm] / US adjective Word forms dumb : adjective dumb comparative dumber superlative dumbest 1) informal stupid She s so dumb she can t even figure out her answering machine. You gave him your phone number? That was a dumb thing to do. 2) a) …   English dictionary


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