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Definitions of deteriorate

  1. become worse or disintegrate; "His mind deteriorated" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. grow worse; "Her condition deteriorated"; "Conditions in the slums degenerated"; "The discussion devolved into a shouting match" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. To make worse; to make inferior in quality or value; to impair; as, to deteriorate the mind. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To grow worse; to be impaired in quality; to degenerate. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To reduce to a lower quality or value; impair. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To grow worse. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. To bring down or make worse. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. To make or become worse. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. To make or grow worse; impair; degenerate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. Deterioration. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. To make worse. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. To grow worse; to degenerate. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. de-t[=e]'ri-o-r[=a]t, v.t. to make worse.--v.i. to grow worse.--p.adj. DET[=E]'RIORATED, spoilt: of inferior quality.--n. DETERIOR[=A]'TION, the act of making worse: the state of growing worse.--adj. DET[=E]'RIORATIVE.--n. DETERIOR'ITY (obs.), worse state. [L. deterior[=a]re, -[=a]tum, to make worse--deterior, worse--obs. deter, lower--de, down; cf. inter-ior.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  14. Make, grow, worse. Hence or cogn. deterioration n., deteriorative a. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
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