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deign (v.)

c. 1300, from Old French deignier (Modern French daigner), from Latin dignari "to deem worthy or fit" (source of Italian degnare, Spanish deñar), from dignus "worthy," from PIE root *dek- "to take, accept." Sense of "take or accept graciously" led to that of "condescend" (1580s). Related: Deigned; deigning.