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deteriorate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of deteriorate

  1. 1 to become worse or of less value the garden slowly deteriorated after months of neglect Synonyms of deteriorate atrophy, crumble, decay, decline, degenerate, descend, devolve, ebb, regress, retrograde, rot, sink, worsen Words Related to deteriorate 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, wilt Phrases go to pot, go to seed (or run to seed) Near Antonyms of deteriorate better, upgrade; enhance, enrich, fortify, heighten, intensify, strengthen; advance, develop, march, proceed, progress Antonyms of deteriorate ameliorate, improve, meliorate

  2. 2 to lower in character, dignity, or quality childish name-calling that merely deteriorates what should be a serious discussion on an important issue Synonyms of deteriorate abase, bastardize, canker, cheapen, corrupt, debauch, degrade, demean, demoralize, deprave, debase, lessen, pervert, poison, profane, prostitute, subvert, vitiate, warpWords Related to deteriorate befoul, begrime, contaminate, defile, dilute, dirty, pollute, taint, thin, water down, weaken; descend; disgrace, dishonor, humble, humiliate, shame, take down; blemish, damage, deface, destroy, flaw, harm, hurt, impair, mar, ruin, spoil, stain, tarnish, wreck; depreciate, downgradeNear Antonyms of deteriorate dignify, exalt, honor; ameliorate, amend, better, enhance, enrich, improve, meliorate, perfect; clarify, clean, cleanse, purify, refine, restore; respectAntonyms of deteriorate elevate, ennoble, uplift



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