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decay

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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
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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
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decay

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1 to go through decomposition

  • the logs decayed on the rain forest floor
  • the atom of plutonium decayed in the test chamber
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fall apart, go to seed (or run to seed)

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2 to become worse or of less value

  • the restaurantʼs standards for food and service had decayed over the years
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go to pot, go to seed (or run to seed)

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3 to lose bodily strength or vigor

  • having reached her 80s, the woman could sense that her body was decaying
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decay, decompose, rot, putrefy, spoil mean to undergo destructive dissolution. decay implies a slow change from a state of soundness or perfection.
    • a decaying mansion
decompose stresses a breaking down by chemical change and when applied to organic matter a corruption.
    • the strong odor of decomposing vegetation
rot is a close synonym of decompose and often connotes foulness.
    • fruit was left to rot in warehouses
putrefy implies the rotting of animal matter and offensiveness to sight and smell.
    • corpses putrefying on the battlefield
spoil applies chiefly to the decomposition of foods.
    • keep the ham from spoiling


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