- Deteriorate is defined as to make or become worse or lower in value or quality.
- An example of deteriorate is a child's mood going from happy to crying.
- An example of deteriorate is an orange going from ripe to moldy.
deteriorate definition by Webster's New World
Origin: ; from Late Latin deterioratus, past participle of deteriorare, to make worse ; from Classical Latin deterior, worse, inferior ; from an unverified form deter, below ; from de-, from plush -ter, comparative suffix
- deterioration noun
deteriorate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb de·te·ri·o·rat·ed, de·te·ri·o·rat·ing, de·te·ri·o·rates verb, transitive
- To grow worse; degenerate: The weather deteriorated overnight. His health had deteriorated while he was in prison.
- To weaken or disintegrate; decay: The nation's highways are deteriorating at a rapid pace.
Origin: Late Latin dēteriōrāre, dēteriōrāt-, from Latin dēterior, worse; see de- in Indo-European roots.
- de·teˌri·o·raˈtion noun
- de·teˈri·o·raˌtive adjective
deteriorate - Medical Definition
- To grow worse in function or condition.
- To weaken or disintegrate.