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.
v become worse or disintegrate
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go to pot, go to the dogs
wear, wear down, wear off, wear out, wear thin
deteriorate through use or stress
wear away through erosion or vaporization
get or become scuffed
v grow worse
convalesce, recover, recuperate
get over an illness or shock
restore to good health or strength
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fatigue, jade, pall, tire, weary
lose interest or become bored with something or somebody
become physically weaker
gangrene, mortify, necrose, sphacelate
conk out, peter out, poop out, run down, run out
use up all one's strength and energy and stop working