Definition of deteriorate in English:

deteriorate

Line breaks: de|teri¦or|ate
Pronunciation: /dɪˈtɪərɪəreɪt
 
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verb

[no object]
Become progressively worse: relations between the countries had deteriorated sharply (as adjective deteriorating) deteriorating economic conditions
More example sentences
  • Indeed, as far as the railways are concerned, they are far worse and set to deteriorate further in the short term.
  • There is growing unrest in Hong Kong over deteriorating economic and social conditions.
  • If bond prices rise, it could imply that experts reckon economic conditions are deteriorating.
Synonyms
worsen, get worse, decline, be in decline, degenerate, decay;
collapse, fail, fall, drop, sink, slump, slip, slide, go downhill, go backwards, go to rack and ruin, stagnate, wane, ebb
Australian/New Zealand informal go to the pack
decay, degrade, degenerate, break down, decompose, rot, putrefy, go bad, go off, spoil, perish;
wither, atrophy, weaken, fade, break up, disintegrate, become dilapidated, crumble, fall down, collapse, fall apart, fall to pieces
archaic corrupt

Origin

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

Derivatives

deteriorative

Pronunciation: /-rətɪv/
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’.

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