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deteriorate

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verb de·te·ri·o·rate \di-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˌrāt, dē-\

Simple Definition of deteriorate

  • : to become worse as time passes

  • : to make (something) worse

Full Definition of deteriorate

de·te·ri·o·rat·edde·te·ri·o·rat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make inferior in quality or value :  impair

  3. 2 :  disintegrate

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become impaired in quality, functioning, or condition :  degenerate <allowed a tradition of academic excellence to deteriorate> <his health deteriorated>

de·te·ri·o·ra·tive play \-ˌrā-tiv\ adjective

Examples of deteriorate

  1. efforts to save a deteriorating rain forest

  2. Exposure to rain and sun will gradually deteriorate the paint.



Origin of deteriorate

Late Latin deterioratus, past participle of deteriorare, from Latin deterior worse, from de- + -ter (suffix as in Latin uter which of two) + -ior (comparative suffix) — more at whether, -er


First Known Use: 1572



DETERIORATE Defined for Kids

deteriorate

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verb de·te·ri·o·rate \di-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˌrāt\

Definition of deteriorate

de·te·ri·o·rat·edde·te·ri·o·rat·ing

  1. :  to make or become worse or of less value <Their relationship deteriorated.>




Medical Dictionary

deteriorate

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intransitive verb de·te·ri·o·rate \di-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˌrāt\

Medical Definition of deteriorate

de·te·ri·o·rat·edde·te·ri·o·rat·ing

  1. :  to become impaired in quality, functioning, or condition :  degenerate <her health deteriorated> <deteriorating vision>





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