deteriorate definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To diminish or impair in quality, personality, or value: some time neglect had deteriorated the house.
    • to create even worse; which will make inferior in high quality or value; to impair.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To grow more serious; degenerate: the elements deteriorated instantaneously. Their wellness had deteriorated as he was at jail.
    • To deteriorate or disintegrate; decay: the country's highways tend to be deteriorating at an instant speed.
    • To grow more serious; to-be impaired in quality; to degenerate.
  • verb:
    • to create worse; to create substandard in high quality or value; to impair.
    • To grow more serious; is impaired in quality; to degenerate.
    • develop worse
    • come to be worse or disintegrate
  • others:
    • to create worse; reduce in quality; lower the essential personality or constitution of: as, to deteriorate a race of males or their particular problem.
    • to cultivate worse; be or come to be weakened in quality; degenerate.

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