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From Late Latin dēteriorātus, past participle of Late Latin dēteriorō, derivative of Latin dēterior (worse)

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deteriorate (third-person singular simple present deteriorates, present participle deteriorating, simple past and past participle deteriorated)

  1. (transitive) To make worse; to make inferior in quality or value; to impair.
    to deteriorate the mind
    • Southey
      The art of war, like every other art, ecclesiastical architecture alone excepted, was greatly deteriorated during those years of general degradation []
  2. (intransitive) To grow worse; to be impaired in quality; to degenerate.
    • 2011 January 8, Paul Fletcher, “Stevenage 3 - 1 Newcastle”, in BBC[1]:
      It was turning into an abysmal afternoon for Newcastle and it deteriorated further when Tiote saw red for his challenge on Jon Ashton.
  3. (informal) slang: to nerf (used in gaming) something which is overpowered .

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