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deteriorate

[dih-teer-ee-uh-reyt] /dɪˈtɪər i əˌreɪt/
verb (used with or without object), deteriorated, deteriorating.
1.
to make or become worse or inferior in character, quality, value, etc.
2.
to disintegrate or wear away.
Origin of deteriorate
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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  • The neighborhood was deteriorating, or evolving, as you happened to look at it.

    Clark's Field Robert Herrick
  • But it must be said that at this time the factory was deteriorating.

    The Tapestry Book Helen Churchill Candee
  • The language has been moving since the first day of its formation; can it be said to be deteriorating?

  • She told herself that her three friends were deteriorating in their middle age.

  • His fire was almost out, deteriorating into a mere smudge curling up from dying embers.

    Daughter of the Sun Jackson Gregory
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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