deteriorate


deteriorate
I verb adulterate, aggravate, atrophy, become worse, collapse, corrode, corrumpere, corrupt, debase, debauch, debilitate, decay, decline, decompose, decrease, defile, degenerate, degrade, demoralize, denature, depravare, depreciate, devalue, dilapidate, downgrade, ebb, lapse, lower, pervert, pollute, prostitute, regress, retrograde, retrogress, spoil, taint, vitiate, wane, waste, weaken, worsen associated concepts: deteriorating building, deteriorating goods II index adulterate, aggravate (exacerbate), debase, decay, decline (fall), degenerate, depreciate, depress, disorganize, ebb, erode, exacerbate, fail (lose), languish, lessen, recidivate, relapse, spoil (impair)

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  • deteriorate — de‧te‧ri‧o‧rate [dɪˈtɪəriəreɪt ǁ ˈtɪr ] verb [intransitive] to become worse: • The economy deteriorated further in August, with orders for manufactured goods falling. deterioration noun [countable, uncountable] : • a deterioration in sales * * *… …   Financial and business terms

  • Deteriorate — De*te ri*o*rate (d[ e]*t[=e] r[i^]*[ o]*r[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deteriorated} (d[ e]*t[=e] r[i^]*[ o]*r[=a] t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Deteriorating} (d[ e]*t[=e] r[i^]*[ o]*r[=a] t[i^]ng).] [L. deterioratus, p. p. of deteriorare to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deteriorate — de*te ri*o*rate (d[ e]*t[=e] r[i^]*[ o]*r[=a]t), v. i. To grow worse; to be impaired in quality; to degenerate. [1913 Webster] Under such conditions, the mind rapidly deteriorates. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deteriorate — 1640s (as a pp. adj., 1570s), from L.L. deterioratus, pp. of deteriorare get worse, make worse, from L. deterior worse, lower, inferior, meaner, contrastive of *deter bad, lower, from PIE *de tero , from demonstrative stem *de (see DE (Cf. de)).… …   Etymology dictionary

  • deteriorate — should be pronounced with all five syllables articulated. Pronunciation as if it were deteriate is often heard but should be avoided. A similar problem occurs with temporary and other words …   Modern English usage

  • deteriorate — [v] decay, degenerate adulterate, alloy, become worse, be worse for wear*, break, corrode, corrupt, crumble, debase, debilitate, decline, decompose, degrade, deprave, depreciate, descend, disimprove, disintegrate, ebb, fade, fail, fall apart,… …   New thesaurus

  • deteriorate — ► VERB ▪ become progressively worse. DERIVATIVES deterioration noun. ORIGIN Latin deteriorare, from deterior worse …   English terms dictionary

  • deteriorate — [dē tir′ē ə rāt΄, ditir′ē ə rāt΄] vt., vi. deteriorated, deteriorating [< LL deterioratus, pp. of deteriorare, to make worse < L deterior, worse, inferior < * deter, below < de , from + ter, compar. suffix] to make or become worse;… …   English World dictionary

  • deteriorate — 01. Grandpa s health has [deteriorated] a lot in the last few hours, and he isn t expected to live through the night. 02. Attempts at peace talks are continuing amid fears that the situation will [deteriorate] into a full scale war. 03. Weather… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • deteriorate */ — UK [dɪˈtɪərɪəreɪt] / US [dɪˈtɪrɪəˌreɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms deteriorate : present tense I/you/we/they deteriorate he/she/it deteriorates present participle deteriorating past tense deteriorated past participle deteriorated to become… …   English dictionary


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