deteriorate

When something gets worse due to neglect or an unfortunate health problem, stuff starts to deteriorate — or fall apart.

The word deteriorate describes anytime something gets worse. Due to neglect, a relationship can deteriorate but so can the American highway system. Sadly, there seems to be no end to applications for the word deteriorate. And, the truth is at a certain age we all start deteriorating too.

DEFINITIONS OF: deteriorate

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v become worse or disintegrate

“His mind deteriorated
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go to pot, go to the dogs
become ruined
wear, wear down, wear off, wear out, wear thin
deteriorate through use or stress
ablate
wear away through erosion or vaporization
scuff
get or become scuffed
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crumble, decay, dilapidate
fall into decay or ruin

v grow worse

“Her condition deteriorated
Synonyms:
degenerate, devolve, drop
Antonyms:
convalesce, recover, recuperate
get over an illness or shock
recuperate
restore to good health or strength
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fatigue, jade, pall, tire, weary
lose interest or become bored with something or somebody
fade, languish
become feeble
rot, waste
become physically weaker
gangrene, mortify, necrose, sphacelate
undergo necrosis
conk out, peter out, poop out, run down, run out
use up all one's strength and energy and stop working
retire, withdraw
lose interest
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decline, worsen
grow worse
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