) KEY VERB: de·te·ri·o·rat·ed
, de·te·ri·o·rates VERB: tr.
- To diminish or impair in quality, character, or value: Time and neglect had deteriorated the property.
- To grow worse; degenerate: The weather deteriorated overnight. His health had deteriorated while he was in prison.
- To weaken or disintegrate; decay: The nation's highways are deteriorating at a rapid pace.
Late Latin dterirre, dterirt-
, from Latin dterior
; see de-
in Indo-European rootsOTHER FORMS:de·teri·o·ration(Noun)