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decay

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of decay

  1. 1 a gradual sinking and wasting away of mind or body <middle-aged people who fervently hope that daily exercise will arrest the physical decay that usually accompanies advancing age> Synonyms debilitation, decline, decaying, declension, degeneration, descent, deterioration, ebbing, enfeeblement, weakeningRelated Words atrophy; exhaustion; drooping, flagging, limping; regression, relapse, setbackNear Antonyms invigoration, strengthening; progress; rejuvenation, rejuvenescenceAntonyms comeback, improvement, rally, recovery, recuperation, rehabilitation, revitalization, snapback

  2. 2 the process by which dead organic matter separates into simpler substances <the cycle by which the decay of dead plants on the forest floor provides soil and nutrients for the next generation of plants> Synonyms breakdown, corruption, decomposition, festering, putrefaction, putrescence, rot, spoilageRelated Words crumbling, disintegration, dissolution; curdling, fermentation, moldering, souringNear Antonyms growth, maturation, ripening




decay

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of decay

  1. 1 to go through decomposition <the logs decayed on the rain forest floor> <the atom of plutonium decayed in the test chamber> Synonyms break down, corrupt, decompose, disintegrate, fester, foul, mold, molder, perish [chiefly British], putrefy, rot, spoil Related Words sour, turn, turn off [British]; contaminate, defile, pollute, taint; addle, curdle, ferment; mortify; rust; crumble, decline, degenerate, descend, deteriorate, dilapidate, sink, wither Phrases fall apart, go to seed (or run to seed) Near Antonyms age, develop, grow, mature, ripen; refresh, renew, restore; cleanse, purify; assemble, compose, integrate; ameliorate, better, improve, meliorate

  2. 2 to become worse or of less value <the restaurant's standards for food and service had decayed over the years> Synonyms atrophy, crumble, deteriorate, decline, degenerate, descend, devolve, ebb, regress, retrograde, rot, sink, worsenRelated Words abate, de-escalate, diminish, downsize, dwindle, recede, wane; break down, corrupt, decompose, degrade, dilapidate, disintegrate, molder, putrefy; sour, spoil; lessen, lower, reduce; debilitate, undermine; droop, fail, fall, flag, lag, languish, run down, sag, slip, waste (away), weaken, wiltNear Antonyms better, upgrade; enhance, enrich, fortify, heighten, intensify, strengthen; advance, develop, march, proceed, progressAntonyms ameliorate, improve, meliorate

  3. 3 to lose bodily strength or vigor <having reached her 80s, the woman could sense that her body was decaying> Synonyms weaken, droop, emaciate, fade, fail, flag, go, lag, languish, sag, sink, waste (away), wilt, witherRelated Words break down, wear out; yield; degenerate, deteriorate, rot, run downNear Antonyms convalesce, rally, rebound, recover, recuperate; gain




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