de·​grad·​ed | \ di-ˈgrā-dəd How to pronounce degraded (audio) , dē- \

Definition of degraded

1 : reduced far below ordinary standards of civilized life and conduct
2 : characterized by degeneration of structure or function

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Other Words from degraded

degradedly adverb

Examples of degraded in a Sentence

many observers deplored the fact that the city's festivities for Mardi Gras had become a degraded, drunken celebration
Recent Examples on the Web Industry operations throughout and south of the neighborhood, such as the West Phoenix power plant, further contribute to the degraded air quality, regional experts say. Erin Stone, azcentral, "Traffic was down in Phoenix, but ozone levels remained stubbornly high. What's happening?," 12 June 2020 Partially degraded batteries can be transitioned into second-life applications. Levi Tillemann, Wired, "Tesla’s Cybertruck Could Be Ripped, Mean, and Super Green," 4 June 2020 Suffolk County investigators are continuing to try and identify the two bodies under their jurisdiction, though DNA samples are more degraded than those of Mack, Hart said. Anna Sturla, CNN, "In the NY Gilgo Beach killings, remains identified 20 years later," 28 May 2020 The money would be used to reconstruct the apron area outside the hangars and the airport’s two main taxiways, which have become degraded over time. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County Board of Control approves seeking up to $8.7 million in federal aid to improve airport in Richmond Heights," 11 May 2020 As each tries to maximize his or her profits by putting additional animals on the land, the pasture becomes degraded, the common is destroyed, and everyone loses. Robin Taylor Wilson, STAT, "A deficit of more than 250,000 public health workers is no way to fight Covid-19," 5 Apr. 2020 Baking Davis was visiting one of the LOC's offsite facilities, the Audio Preservation Consideration Center in Culpeper, Virginia, when the issue of degraded reel-to-reel tapes came up in the discussion. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Here’s why “baking” damaged reel-to-reel tapes renders them playable again," 21 Apr. 2020 The degraded genome sequences probably can’t be recovered. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Is Netflix’s giant quarter a temporary win?," 22 Apr. 2020 CoproID also failed to determine the origins of highly degraded samples that contained only minimal microbial DNA. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Artificial Intelligence Gives Researchers the Scoop on Ancient Poop," 21 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of degraded

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jun 2020

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“Degraded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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