Deteriorate Definition

dĭ-tîrē-ə-rāt
deteriorated, deteriorates, deteriorating
verb
deteriorated, deteriorates, deteriorating
To make or become worse; lower in quality or value; depreciate.
Webster's New World
To grow worse; degenerate.
The weather deteriorated overnight.
American Heritage
To weaken or disintegrate; decay.
The nation's highways are deteriorating at a rapid pace.
American Heritage

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

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