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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deteriorate(verb)

    become worse or disintegrate

    "His mind deteriorated"

  2. devolve, deteriorate, drop, degenerate(verb)

    grow worse

    "Her condition deteriorated"; "Conditions in the slums degenerated"; "The discussion devolved into a shouting match"


  1. deteriorate(Verb)

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

  2. deteriorate(Verb)

    To grow worse; to be impaired in quality; to degenerate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deteriorate(verb)

    to make worse; to make inferior in quality or value; to impair; as, to deteriorate the mind

  2. Deteriorate(verb)

    to grow worse; to be impaired in quality; to degenerate

  3. Origin: [L. deterioratus, p. p. of deteriorare to deteriorate, fr. deterior worse, prob. a comparative fr. de down, away.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Deteriorate

    de-tē′ri-o-rāt, v.t. to make worse.—v.i. to grow worse.—p.adj. Detē′riorated, spoilt: of inferior quality.—n. Deteriorā′tion, the act of making worse: the state of growing worse.—adj. Detē′riorative.—n. Deterior′ity (obs.), worse state. [L. deteriorāre, -ātum, to make worse—deterior, worse—obs. deter, lower—de, down; cf. inter-ior.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of deteriorate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of deteriorate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of deteriorate in a Sentence

  1. Alex Thorndike:

    In the shorter term, however, things could deteriorate further.

  2. Andrew Broy:

    The longer we wait to do so, the more those buildings deteriorate.

  3. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan:

    The situation will continue to deteriorate as Erdogan arrests more people and puts them in jail.

  4. Libby Mills:

    Local produce has less time to deteriorate and lose nutrients compared with conventional produce.

  5. Johnny Wowk:

    If you continue to procrastinate and hibernate your body will start to deteriorate. -Johnny The Walker

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