American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To diminish or impair in quality, character, or value: Time and neglect had deteriorated the property.
- v. To grow worse; degenerate: The weather deteriorated overnight. His health had deteriorated while he was in prison.
- v. To weaken or disintegrate; decay: The nation's highways are deteriorating at a rapid pace.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make worse; reduce in quality; lower the essential character or constitution of: as, to deteriorate a race of men or their condition.
- To grow worse; be or become impaired in quality; degenerate.
- v. transitive To make worse; to make inferior in quality or value; to impair.
- v. intransitive To grow worse; to be impaired in quality; to degenerate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make worse; to make inferior in quality or value; to impair.
- v. To grow worse; to be impaired in quality; to degenerate.
- v. grow worse
- v. become worse or disintegrate
- Late Latin dēteriōrāre, dēteriōrāt-, from Latin dēterior, worse; see de- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“One area in which economic change has caused values to deteriorate is business, Clive Crook argues.”
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