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Meaning of DETERIORATE

Pronunciation:  di'teeruu`reyt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  grow worse; "Her condition deteriorated"
  2. [v]  become worse or disintegrate; "His mind deteriorated"
 

DETERIORATE is a 11 letter word that starts with D.

 

 Synonyms: degenerate, drop
 
 Antonyms: convalesce, recover, recuperate
 
 See Also: crumble, decay, decline, delapidate, fade, fatigue, jade, languish, pall, rot, tire, waste, wear, wear off, wear out, wear thin, weary, worsen

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \De*te"ri*o*rate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Deteriorated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Deteriorating}.] [L.
    deterioratus, p. p. of deteriorate to deteriorate, fr.
    deterior worse, prob. a comparative fr. de down, away.]
    To make worse; to make inferior in quality or value; to
    impair; as, to deteriorate the mind. --Whately.
    
          The art of war . . . was greatly deteriorated.
                                                   --Southey.
    
    
    
    
  2. \De*te"ri*o*rate\, v. i.
    To grow worse; to be impaired in quality; to degenerate.
    
          Under such conditions, the mind rapidly deteriorates.
                                                   --Goldsmith.
    
    
 
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