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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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  • But, after the surgery was performed overnight, his condition deteriorated today.
  • They dropped some of the covenants that gave lenders the right to act if the borrower's finances deteriorated.
  • Then there was the delicate matter of cleaning the deteriorated wool fibers.
  • Olin responds by suggesting that iron might have disappeared as the inks deteriorated.
  • His technical skills deteriorated as he lost touch with the hacking scene.
  • It seems to be a fact that within the last fifty years the human eye has steadily and rapidly deteriorated.
  • Controlled for inflation, their salaries were flat even as working conditions deteriorated.
  • Most problematic of all, prospects for a cap-and-trade bill this year have deteriorated.
  • But not all of the devices have worked, and some have deteriorated after a few months.
  • Hours after returning to the hospital, his condition deteriorated abruptly.
British Dictionary definitions for deteriorated

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 deteriorated

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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deteriorated 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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