deteriorate Definition

  • 1to become worse in quality or condition over time
  • 2to disintegrate or wear away

Using deteriorate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "deteriorate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The situation is deteriorating rapidly.

  • Example

    The building has been allowed to deteriorate.

  • Example

    Her health has deteriorated since she left the hospital.

deteriorate Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for deteriorate

Phrases with deteriorate

  • to change from one state to a worse one


    The peaceful protest deteriorated into violence.

  • a decline in physical or mental well-being


    His deteriorating health prevented him from traveling.

  • a relationship that is becoming worse over time


    Their deteriorating relationship led to a breakup.

Origins of deteriorate

from Late Latin 'deterioratus', meaning 'made worse'


Summary: deteriorate in Brief

'Deteriorate' [dɪˈtɪəriəreɪt] means to worsen in quality or condition, or to disintegrate or wear away. It can be used to describe situations, buildings, or health, as in 'The situation is deteriorating rapidly.' 'Deteriorate' can also be used in phrases like 'deteriorate into,' which means to change from one state to a worse one, and 'deteriorating health,' which refers to a decline in physical or mental well-being.