- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dɪˈtɪəɹɪəɹeɪt/, (proscribed) /dɪˈtɪəɹɪ.eɪt/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /dəˈtɪ.ɹi.ə.ɹeɪt/, (proscribed) /dəˈtɪ.ɹi.eɪt/
- (transitive) To make worse; to make inferior in quality or value; to impair.
- to deteriorate the mind
- 1829, Robert Southey, Sir Thomas More; or, Colloquies on the Progress and Prospects of Society
- The art of war, like every other art, ecclesiastical architecture alone excepted, was greatly deteriorated during those years of general degradation […]
- (intransitive) To grow worse; to be impaired in quality; to degenerate.
- 2011 January 8, Paul Fletcher, “Stevenage 3 - 1 Newcastle”, in BBC:
- It was turning into an abysmal afternoon for Newcastle and it deteriorated further when Tiote saw red for his challenge on Jon Ashton.