corrode

Corrode means to eat away at and cause to deteriorate, like rust slowly taking over an old bike left out in the rain.

Stemming from a Latin word that means "to gnaw away," corrode is a verb that usually describes destroying a metal by oxidation or by some other kind of chemical action. Acid is particularly corrosive, or able to corrode things easily. The word corrode can also be used figuratively. Way back when, the grandmas of the world thought rock music would corrode the minds of young people. Thank goodness that didn't really pan out.

Definitions of corrode
  1. verb
    cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid
    “The acid corroded the metal”
    synonyms: eat, rust
    rust
    become destroyed by water, air, or a corrosive such as an acid
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    type of:
    damage
    inflict damage upon
  2. verb
    become destroyed by water, air, or a corrosive such as an acid
    “The metal corroded
    synonyms: rust
    eat, rust
    cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid
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    types:
    eat away, fret
    wear away or erode
    type of:
    crumble, decay, dilapidate
    fall into decay or ruin
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