Deteriorate meaning

dĭ-tîrē-ə-rāt
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.

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To grow worse; degenerate.

The weather deteriorated overnight.

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To make worse; to make inferior in quality or value; to impair.

To deteriorate the mind.

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To diminish or impair in quality, character, or value.

Time and neglect had deteriorated the property.

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To weaken or disintegrate; decay.

The nation's highways are deteriorating at a rapid pace.

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To make or become worse; lower in quality or value; depreciate.
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(intransitive) To grow worse; to be impaired in quality; to degenerate.
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Origin of deteriorate

  • Late Latin dēteriōrāre dēteriōrāt- from Latin dēterior worse de- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition