Definition of deteriorate in English:

deteriorate

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Become progressively worse.

    ‘relations between the countries had deteriorated sharply’
    ‘deteriorating economic conditions’
    • ‘After all, studies indicate that our faculties deteriorate with age at varying degrees.’
    • ‘Even though they are less than six months old, they are already deteriorating and their condition can only worsen.’
    • ‘There is growing unrest in Hong Kong over deteriorating economic and social conditions.’
    • ‘The situation has deteriorated to a point where our professional status is in jeopardy.’
    • ‘His behaviour has steadily deteriorated over the years.’
    • ‘The weather deteriorated again - which conspired with our general malaise to keep us from venturing outside much.’
    • ‘Could it the situation really deteriorate to the point where China would threaten Taiwan with physical destruction?’
    • ‘The relationship deteriorated to the extent where they would split up and get back together.’
    • ‘Indeed, as far as the railways are concerned, they are far worse and set to deteriorate further in the short term.’
    • ‘If bond prices rise, it could imply that experts reckon economic conditions are deteriorating.’
    • ‘But its glory began to fade after the Second World War and it has been deteriorating gradually ever since.’
    • ‘The mayor said stadiums were deteriorating at a fast rate rendering them unsuitable for matches.’
    • ‘Eyesight deteriorates with age, making it difficult to focus on small print.’
    • ‘The evidence continues to mount that the US economy is deteriorating at a very rapid pace.’
    • ‘The snow on the lower slopes is deteriorating, so we are climbing higher to get better conditions.’
    • ‘This was not to last though, and the party of six fully expected the conditions to deteriorate.’
    • ‘Gray never ages and his looks never fade, but the painting of his serene visage deteriorates at an alarming rate.’
    • ‘Joanna's family say the quiet youngster's health visibly deteriorated over a year.’
    • ‘The situation for Japanese film-makers in the mid-1940s had deteriorated to unbearable levels.’
    • ‘But the condition of the building is now deteriorating rapidly after lying empty for more than six years.’
    worsen, get worse, decline, be in decline, degenerate, decay
    decay, degrade, degenerate, break down, decompose, rot, putrefy, go bad, go off, spoil, perish
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Origin

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘make worse’): from late Latin deteriorat- ‘worsened’, from the verb deteriorare, from Latin deterior ‘worse’.

Pronunciation

deteriorate

/dəˈtirēəˌrāt//dəˈtɪriəˌreɪt/