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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of deteriorate

deteriorated

deteriorating

  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>

deteriorative

play \-ˌrā-tiv\ adjective

Examples of deteriorate in a sentence

  1. efforts to save a deteriorating rain forest

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



Origin and Etymology 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 for Students

deteriorated

deteriorating

  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

deteriorated

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deteriorating

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





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