Definition of deteriorate
deteriorativeplay \-ˌrā-tiv\ adjective
Examples of deteriorate in a Sentence
efforts to save a deteriorating rain forest
Exposure to rain and sun will gradually deteriorate the paint.
Recent Examples of deteriorate from the Web
His relationship with the team deteriorated until he was canned in April 2016.
The relationship has deteriorated since House Bill 2178 was passed in February with moderate and Democratic support.
But after Phaneese’s mother and her son broke up, her relationship with the mother began to deteriorate.
Defense lawyers have noted Jenkins’ habit of tattooing his face and self-mutilation while in prison, as well as his ramblings in court, as proof of a deteriorating mental state.
By his sophomore year, though, his mood and mental state had deteriorated.
Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway have over the past two years been deepening their military cooperation to counter a deteriorating security situation in the Baltic and the Arctic.
JERUSALEM — Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails ended a hunger strike late on Friday after 40 days, as their health was deteriorating and after, news media reports said, the authorities agreed to at least one of the prisoners’ demands.
In an effort to stay steps ahead of its deteriorating infrastructure, Burbank Water and Power is suggesting the city increase its water and sewer rates during the upcoming fiscal year.
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DETERIORATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deteriorate for English Language Learners
: to become worse as time passes
: to make (something) worse
DETERIORATE Defined for Kids
Definition of deteriorate for Students
: to make or become worse or of less value Their relationship deteriorated.
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