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Definition 1: grow worse - [verb of body]

Samples where deteriorate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her condition deteriorated
  • Conditions in the slums degenerated
  • The discussion devolved into a shouting match

Synonyms for deteriorate in the sense of this definition

(deteriorate is a kind of ...) grow worse

"Conditions in the slum worsened"

(... is a kind of deteriorate ) lose interest or become bored with something or somebody

"I'm so tired of your mother and her complaints about my food"

(... is a kind of deteriorate ) become feeble

"The prisoner has been languishing for years in the dungeon"

(... is a kind of deteriorate ) become physically weaker

"Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"

Definition 2: become worse or disintegrate - [verb of change]

Samples where deteriorate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • His mind deteriorated

(deteriorate is a kind of ...) fall into decay or ruin

"The unoccupied house started to decay"

(... is a kind of deteriorate ) become ruined

"His business went to pot when economy soured"

(... is a kind of deteriorate ) deteriorate through use or stress

"The constant friction wore out the cloth"

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