Deteriorate

Definition of Deteriorate

De`te´ri`o`rate   Pronunciation: dė`tē´rĭ`ô`rāt
v. t.1.To make worse; to make inferior in quality or value; to impair; as, to deteriorate the mind.
[imp. & p. p. Deteriorated (dė*tē"rĭ*ô*rā`tĕd); p. pr. & vb. n. Deteriorating (dė*tē"rĭ*ô*rā`tĭng).]
The art of war . . . was greatly deteriorated.
- Southey.
v. i.1.To grow worse; to be impaired in quality; to degenerate.
Under such conditions, the mind rapidly deteriorates.
- Goldsmith.

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