deteriorate

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin dēteriorātus, past participle of Late Latin dēteriorō, derivative of Latin dēterior (worse)

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈtɪəɹɪəɹeɪt/
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deteriorate (third-person singular simple present deteriorates, present participle deteriorating, simple past and past participle deteriorated)

  1. (transitive) To make worse; to make inferior in quality or value; to impair.
    to deteriorate the mind
    • (Can we date this quote by Southey and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      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.
    • 2011 January 8, Paul Fletcher, “Stevenage 3 - 1 Newcastle”, in BBC[1]:
      It was turning into an abysmal afternoon for Newcastle and it deteriorated further when Tiote saw red for his challenge on Jon Ashton.

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Adjective[edit]

deteriorate

  1. feminine plural of deteriorato

Verb[edit]

deteriorate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of deteriorare
  2. second-person plural imperative of deteriorare
  3. feminine plural of deteriorato