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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dɪˈtɪə.ɹɪə.ɹeɪt/, (proscribed) /dɪˈtɪə.ɹɪ.eɪt/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /dəˈtɪɹ.iə.ɹeɪt/, (proscribed) /dəˈtɪɹ.i.eɪt/
- (transitive) To make worse; to make inferior in quality or value; to impair.
- to deteriorate the mind
- 1829, Robert Southey, “(please specify the page)”, in Sir Thomas More: or, Colloquies on the Progress and Prospects of Society. […], volumes (please specify |volume=I or II), London: John Murray, […], →OCLC:
- The art of war, like every other art, ecclesiastical architecture alone excepted, was greatly deteriorated during those years of general degradation […]
- (intransitive) To grow worse; to be impaired in quality; to degenerate.
- 1947 January and February, O. S. Nock, “"The Aberdonian" in Wartime”, in Railway Magazine, page 7:
- During this fine run through Fife the weather had deteriorated rapidly, and as we passed Wormit and came onto the Tay Bridge heavy rain clouds were piled over the sea.
- 2011 January 8, Paul Fletcher, “Stevenage 3 - 1 Newcastle”, in BBC:
- 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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