Definition of Deteriorate

1. Verb. Become worse or disintegrate. "His mind deteriorated"

Specialized synonyms: Go To Pot, Go To The Dogs, Wear, Wear Down, Wear Off, Wear Out, Wear Thin
Generic synonyms: Crumble, Decay, Dilapidate
Derivative terms: Deterioration, Deterioration



2. Verb. Grow worse. "The discussion devolved into a shouting match"
Exact synonyms: Degenerate, Devolve, Drop
Specialized synonyms: Fatigue, Jade, Pall, Tire, Weary, Fade, Languish, Rot, Waste
Generic synonyms: Decline, Worsen
Derivative terms: Degeneration, Degeneration, Degenerative, Deterioration, Deterioration
Antonyms: Recuperate

Definition of Deteriorate

1. v. t. To make worse; to make inferior in quality or value; to impair; as, to deteriorate the mind.

2. v. i. To grow worse; to be impaired in quality; to degenerate.

Definition of Deteriorate

1. Verb. (transitive) To make worse; to make inferior in quality or value; to impair. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To grow worse; to be impaired in quality; to degenerate. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Deteriorate

1. [v -RATED, -RATING, -RATES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Deteriorate

detenues
detenus
deter
deterge
deterged
detergence
detergencies
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detergent builder
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detergers
deterges
deterging
deteriorate (current term)
deteriorated
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deterioratingly
deterioration
deteriorationism
deteriorationist
deteriorationists
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deteriorative
deteriority
determent
determents
determin'd

Literary usage of Deteriorate

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1. Semantics: Studies in the Science of Meaning by Michel Bréal (1900)
"The " tendency to deteriorate"—Other tendencies no less imaginary. ... Nevertheless, we hear of a pejorative tendency, of a tendency to deteriorate, etc. ..."

2. The Call of the Hen; Or, The Science of the Selection and Breeding of Poultry by National Council of Teachers of English Committee on Recreational Reading, Walter Hogan, Sherman Dickinson, Harry Reynolds Lewis, Raymond William Gregory, Louis Renou, B. K. Hindse, A. V. Leontovich, Arthur John Arberry (1913)
"... very fertile eggs, and the progeny would deteriorate each year if they were bred from stock with heads like this. If the parents were 200 egg type, ..."

3. Modern English Literature: Its Blemishes and Defects by Henry Hegart Breen (1857)
"A correct instance of the use of deteriorate is the following from Chenevix :— " There is not one of them, the loss of which would not now essentially ..."

4. The Annual of Scientific Discovery, Or, Year-book of Facts in Science and Art by David Ames Wells, George Bliss, Samuel Kneeland, John Trowbridge, Charles Robert Cross (1869)
"From these facts he infers that intense currents passed through submarine cables must eventually deteriorate them, and counsels their avoidance. ..."

5. The Annual of Scientific Discovery, Or, Year-book of Facts in Science and Art. by David Ames Wells, George Bliss, Samuel Kneeland, John Trowbridge, Wm Ripley Nichols, Charles R Cross (1869)
"From these facts he infers that intense currents passed through submarine cables must eventually deteriorate them, and counsels their avoidance. ..."

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