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deteriorate

[dih-teer-ee-uh-reyt] /dɪˈtɪər i əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), deteriorated, deteriorating.
1.
to make or become worse or inferior in character, quality, value, etc.
2.
to disintegrate or wear away.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; < Late Latin dēteriōrātus made worse (past participle of dēteriōrāre), equivalent to Latin dēterior worse ( from + -ter- formative in adjectives of spatial orientation (cf. exterior, interior) + -ior comparative suffix) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
deteriorative, adjective
undeteriorated, adjective
undeteriorating, adjective
undeteriorative, adjective
Synonyms
1. degenerate, decline, worsen.
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  • At this point, the tape is beginning to deteriorate, so we thought we should transfer it to a media that doesn't dissolve.
  • When the weather turns hot, they set seed and deteriorate.
  • Not immediately, but it will slowly deteriorate.
  • But they can become oil- soaked, causing them to deteriorate.
  • The study looks at how muscles deteriorate during extended weightlessness.
  • The normal subjects continued to deteriorate.
  • You don't know when your neighborhood will deteriorate.
  • It is truly a shame to see the situation deteriorate to this point.
  • But the area was mostly abandoned, and over time, the vacant firehouse became home to vagrants and began to deteriorate.
  • His father's condition continued to deteriorate.
British Dictionary definitions for deteriorate

deteriorate

/dɪˈtɪərɪəˌreɪt/
verb
1.
to make or become worse or lower in quality, value, character, etc; depreciate
2.
(intransitive) to wear away or disintegrate
Derived Forms
deterioration, noun
deteriorative, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin dēteriōrāre, from Latin dēterior worse
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Word Origin and History for deteriorate
v.

1640s (as a past participle adjective, 1570s), from Late Latin deterioratus, past participle of deteriorare "get worse, make worse," from Latin deterior "worse, lower, inferior, meaner," contrastive of *deter "bad, lower," from PIE *de-tero-, from demonstrative stem *de- (see de). Originally transitive in English; intransitive sense is from 1758. Related: Deteriorated; deteriorating.

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deteriorate in Medicine

deteriorate de·te·ri·o·rate (dĭ-tēr'ē-ə-rāt')
v. de·te·ri·o·rat·ed, de·te·ri·o·rat·ing, de·te·ri·o·rates

  1. To grow worse in function or condition.

  2. To weaken or disintegrate.

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