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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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  • Even through a deteriorating economy, their services remain on high demand.
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  • But the situation in their homeland was deteriorating.
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  • Indeed, they would suffer worse in a fast deteriorating environment.
  • So the high silica content didn't stop fungus deteriorating it.
British Dictionary definitions for deteriorating

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 deteriorating

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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deteriorating 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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