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deteriorate

[dih-teer-ee-uh-reyt]
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verb (used with or without object), de·te·ri·o·rat·ed, de·te·ri·o·rat·ing.
  1. to make or become worse or inferior in character, quality, value, etc.
  2. to disintegrate or wear away.
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Origin of deteriorate

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 formsde·te·ri·o·ra·tive, adjectiveun·de·te·ri·o·rat·ed, adjectiveun·de·te·ri·o·rat·ing, adjectiveun·de·te·ri·o·ra·tive, adjective

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Related Words for deteriorated

ramshackle, rickety

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Contemporary Examples of deteriorated

Historical Examples of deteriorated

  • This change, if it deteriorated his mind, improved his exterior.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Deteriorated, that is to say, in the good qualities of horses, not of dogs?

  • And dogs are deteriorated in the good qualities of dogs, and not of horses?

  • And will not men who are injured be deteriorated in that which is the proper virtue of man?

  • Perhaps they had deteriorated, I said unwillingly to myself.


British Dictionary definitions for deteriorated

deteriorate

verb
  1. to make or become worse or lower in quality, value, character, etc; depreciate
  2. (intr) to wear away or disintegrate
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Derived Formsdeterioration, noundeteriorative, adjective

Word Origin for deteriorate

C16: from Late Latin dēteriōrāre, from Latin dēterior worse
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Word Origin and History for deteriorated

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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deteriorated in Medicine

deteriorate

(dĭ-tîrē-ə-rāt′)
v.
  1. To grow worse in function or condition.
  2. To weaken or disintegrate.
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