• (British) IPA: /dɪˈtɪəɹɪəɹeɪt/

deteriorate (deteriorates, present participle deteriorating; past and past participle deteriorated)

  1. (transitive) To make worse; to make inferior in quality or value; to impair.
    to deteriorate the mind
    • The art of war, like every other art, ecclesiastical architecture alone excepted, was greatly deteriorated during those years of general degradation […]
  2. (intransitive) To grow worse; to be impaired in quality; to degenerate.
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