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deteriorate

[ dih-teer-ee-uh-reyt ]
/ d瑟藞t瑟蓹r i 蓹藢re瑟t /
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verb (used with or without object), de路te路ri路o路rat路ed, de路te路ri路o路rat路ing.
to make or become worse or inferior in character, quality, value, etc.
to disintegrate or wear away.
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Origin of deteriorate

1565鈥75; <Late Latin d膿teri艒r膩tus made worse (past participle of d膿teri艒r膩re), equivalent to Latin d膿terior worse (d膿 from + -ter- formative in adjectives of spatial orientation (cf. exterior, interior) + -ior comparative suffix) + -膩tus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM deteriorate

de路te路ri路o路ra路tive, adjectiveun路de路te路ri路o路rat路ed, adjectiveun路de路te路ri路o路rat路ing, adjectiveun路de路te路ri路o路ra路tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for deteriorate

deteriorate
/ (d瑟藞t瑟蓹r瑟蓹藢re瑟t) /

verb
to make or become worse or lower in quality, value, character, etc; depreciate
(intr) to wear away or disintegrate

Derived forms of deteriorate

deterioration, noundeteriorative, adjective

Word Origin for deteriorate

C16: from Late Latin d膿teri艒r膩re, from Latin d膿terior worse
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Medical definitions for deteriorate

deteriorate
[ d沫-t卯r膿-蓹-r膩t鈥 ]

v.
To grow worse in function or condition.
To weaken or disintegrate.
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