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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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Examples for deteriorates
  • Most important, their capacity to filter out distractions and irrelevant items deteriorates.
  • He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates.
  • As cellulite deteriorates your sensitive skin your skin color starts to misplace its elasticity.
  • When it is revealed as a lie, as a presentation of invented suffering, it deteriorates to kitsch.
  • In any case, those in authority receive a severer judgment when the situation deteriorates.
  • The technology is also designed to warn caregivers if a patient's health or behavior deteriorates after a missed dosage.
  • All that happens is that the property deteriorates and the evicted people move somewhere else.
  • As the market deteriorates, you produce your paper ever more cheaply.
  • As the outlook deteriorates, so too will these countries' public finances.
  • But if the economy deteriorates sharply, the government may lean more heavily on fiscal remedies.
British Dictionary definitions for deteriorates

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 deteriorates
deteriorate
1570s, from L.L. deterioratus, pp. of deteriorare "get worse," from L. deterior "worse," contrastive of *deter "bad, lower," from PIE *de-tero-, from demonstrative stem *de- (see de). Originally transitive in English; intransitive sense is from 1758.
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deteriorates 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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