from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective going from better to worse.

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  • adjective getting worse
  • verb Present participle of deteriorate.


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  • The editor's forum met late last month with a government minister to discuss what it called "deteriorating relations" with the government's communications arm.

    South Africa's Rulers Face Off Against Newspapers

  • President Obama quietly announced a surge of his own this week, promising to send 17,000 additional troops to stabilize what he called the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.

    The Bailout Next Door

  • But in his remarks at the high level meeting, bond sited what he called a deteriorating situation in Iraq noting the flow of refugees out of the war-ravaged country.

    CNN Transcript Sep 23, 2007

  • (PAP) in Midrand on Monday against what they termed the deteriorating political and human rights situation in that country.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The U.N. also raised five-fold to $80 million, its estimate of the money needed to tackle what it terms a deteriorating situation in Niger.

    CNN Transcript Aug 8, 2005

  • The lack of swift action to rectify what he described as the deteriorating conditions under which political prisoners lived should be regarded as a blatant violation of basic human rights.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Hospital to protest against what they called deteriorating conditions in hospitals countrywide.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Milwaukee Aldermen Bob Donovan and Joe Dudzik released a bold statement on Friday about what they called a "deteriorating African American culture in our city," Fox 6 News reported.

  • The clash Tuesday evening came as officials complained about what they described as deteriorating safety, sanitation and health issues at the dismantled camp.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • In Oakland, tensions between the city and protesters escalated last week as officials complained about what they described as deteriorating safety, sanitation and health issues at the site.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion


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  • My adjectival use: 'The deteriorating conditions caused them to leave the city.'

    August 22, 2011