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Definitions of deteriorate

  1. To grow worse; to degenerate. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To make worse; to make inferior in quality or value; to impair; as, to deteriorate the mind. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To reduce to a lower quality or value; impair. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To bring down or make worse. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To grow worse; to be impaired in quality; to degenerate. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To grow worse. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. grow worse; "Her condition deteriorated"; "Conditions in the slums degenerated"; "The discussion devolved into a shouting match" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. To make or become worse. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. To make worse. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. Deterioration. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Usage examples for deteriorate

  1. Certainly we deteriorate in looks as we go downward. – Nancy A Novel by Rhoda Broughton
  2. " We will give you eighteen and sixpence each for them, sir," he said, " which is about the intrinsic value of a sovereign; and, as you are probably aware, sir, English gold coinage contains a certain amount of alloy, without which it would speedily deteriorate in circulation, just as the old guinea used to; but there is no doubt that I have just lost you three shillings by cutting up those coins." – The Mystery of the Four Fingers by Fred M. White
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