Definition of deteriorate in English:


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intransitive verb

[no object]
  • Become progressively worse.

    ‘relations between the countries had deteriorated sharply’
    • ‘if the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences could be severe’
    • ‘Indeed, as far as the railways are concerned, they are far worse and set to deteriorate further in the short term.’
    • ‘There is growing unrest in Hong Kong over deteriorating economic and social conditions.’
    • ‘If bond prices rise, it could imply that experts reckon economic conditions are deteriorating.’
    • ‘Even though they are less than six months old, they are already deteriorating and their condition can only worsen.’
    • ‘This was not to last though, and the party of six fully expected the conditions to deteriorate.’
    • ‘But its glory began to fade after the Second World War and it has been deteriorating gradually ever since.’
    • ‘But the condition of the building is now deteriorating rapidly after lying empty for more than six years.’
    • ‘The snow on the lower slopes is deteriorating, so we are climbing higher to get better conditions.’
    • ‘Gray never ages and his looks never fade, but the painting of his serene visage deteriorates at an alarming rate.’
    • ‘His behaviour has steadily deteriorated over the years.’
    • ‘The situation has deteriorated to a point where our professional status is in jeopardy.’
    • ‘Could it the situation really deteriorate to the point where China would threaten Taiwan with physical destruction?’
    • ‘Joanna's family say the quiet youngster's health visibly deteriorated over a year.’
    • ‘The relationship deteriorated to the extent where they would split up and get back together.’
    • ‘Eyesight deteriorates with age, making it difficult to focus on small print.’
    • ‘The weather deteriorated again - which conspired with our general malaise to keep us from venturing outside much.’
    • ‘The evidence continues to mount that the US economy is deteriorating at a very rapid pace.’
    • ‘The mayor said stadiums were deteriorating at a fast rate rendering them unsuitable for matches.’
    • ‘After all, studies indicate that our faculties deteriorate with age at varying degrees.’
    • ‘The situation for Japanese film-makers in the mid-1940s had deteriorated to unbearable levels.’
    worsen, get worse, decline, be in decline, degenerate, decay
    decay, degrade, degenerate, break down, decompose, rot, putrefy, go bad, go off, spoil, perish
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/dəˈtirēəˌrāt/ /dəˈtɪriəˌreɪt/


Late 16th century (in the sense ‘make worse’): from late Latin deteriorat- ‘worsened’, from the verb deteriorare, from Latin deterior ‘worse’.