June 27, 2021
Learner's Word of the Day
deteriorate /dɪˈtirijəˌreɪt/ verb

deteriorates; deteriorated; deteriorating

The bridge is deteriorating.
The bridge is deteriorating.
Learner's definition of DETERIORATE

1 [no object] : to become worse as time passes

  • The weather gradually deteriorated [=worsened] as the day went on.

  • Her health continues to deteriorate. [=decline]

  • efforts to save a deteriorating rain forest

  • The disagreement deteriorated into a fight. [=the disagreement got worse and eventually became a fight]

2 [+ object] : to make (something) worse

  • Exposure to rain and sun will gradually deteriorate the paint.

deteriorated adjective

  • a deteriorated [=run-down, dilapidated] building

  • a badly deteriorated part of the city

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