de·​grad·​ed di-ˈgrā-dəd How to pronounce degraded (audio)
: reduced far below ordinary standards of civilized life and conduct
: characterized by degeneration of structure or function
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 His group, the Clark Fork Coalition, had recently received a half-million dollars from yet another new initiative, a $161 million effort sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management, to restore degraded landscapes around the West. Ben Goldfarb, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Feb. 2024 More:Milwaukee is turning around one of the most degraded sites in the Great Lakes. Caitlin Looby, Journal Sentinel, 11 Jan. 2024 The Travis Air Force Base Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was requested to examine the bomb because of its size and degraded state, Keehn told USA TODAY on Tuesday. USA TODAY, 3 Jan. 2024 The new plan seeks to make buying or leasing degraded land a more attractive proposition instead, and coincides with Mr. Lula’s efforts to improve ties with the powerful agribusiness sector. Andre Cabette Fabio, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Dec. 2023 To slow or reverse this trend, South American governments must reduce deforestation and promote restoration in degraded areas, especially in Brazil, the authors wrote. Andrew Jeong, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 Apple admitted slowing down iPhones with degraded batteries in December 2017, after iPhone users conducted tests suggesting the phones throttled performance to preserve battery life or to avoid unexpected shutdowns. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 8 Jan. 2024 The team focused in particular on the oldest, most degraded proteins, reasoning that those were most likely to be from Vlad himself. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 21 Aug. 2023 Rayden believes active restoration of degraded forest could be the primary means of reforesting the planet and capturing carbon in land vegetation. WIRED, 14 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of degraded was in 1643

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“Degraded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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