Definition of deteriorate in English:

deteriorate

Syllabification: de·te·ri·o·rate
Pronunciation: /diˈti(ə)rēəˌrāt
 
/

verb

[no object]

Derivatives

deteriorative

Pronunciation: /-ˌrātiv/
adjective
More example sentences
  • According to Hillman as well as Hillman and Ursprung, liberalization has a deteriorative effect on economic performance until a cultural adaptation takes place.
  • Molecular mobility within preserved biological materials provides a first approximation of the rate of deteriorative reactions that ultimately affect shelf-life.
  • In a seminal article, Leopold defined senescence in plant cells, along the lines previously proposed by Medawar, as ‘the deteriorative processes that are natural causes of death’.

Origin

late 16th century (used transitively in the sense 'make worse'): from late Latin deteriorat- 'worsened', from the verb deteriorare, from Latin deterior 'worse'.

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