Definitions for: Deteriorate


[v] grow worse; "Her condition deteriorated"
[v] become worse or disintegrate; "His mind deteriorated"



Webster (1913) Definition: De*te"ri*o*rate, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Deteriorated; p. pr. & vb. n. Deteriorating.] [L.
deterioratus, p. p. of deteriorate to deteriorate, fr.
deterior worse, prob. a comparative fr. de down, away.]
To make worse; to make inferior in quality or value; to
impair; as, to deteriorate the mind. --Whately.

The art of war . . . was greatly deteriorated.
--Southey.


De*te"ri*o*rate, v. i.
To grow worse; to be impaired in quality; to degenerate.

Under such conditions, the mind rapidly deteriorates.
--Goldsmith.

Synonyms: degenerate, drop

Antonyms: convalesce, recover, recuperate

See Also: crumble, decay, decline, delapidate, fade, fatigue, jade, languish, pall, rot, tire, waste, wear, wear off, wear out, wear thin, weary, worsen

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