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  • To make worse; to make inferior in quality or value; to impair; as, to deteriorate the mind.
  • To grow worse; to be impaired in quality; to degenerate.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



De*te"ri*o*rate (d&esl;*tē"r&ibreve;*&osl;*rāt), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deteriorated (- rā`t&ebreve;d); p. pr. & vb. n. Deteriorating (-rā`t&ibreve;ng).] [L. deterioratus, p. p. of deteriorare to deteriorate, fr. deterior worse, prob. a comparative fr. de down, away.] To make worse; to make inferior in quality or value; to impair; as, to deteriorate the mind. Whately.

The art of war . . . was greatly deteriorated.
Southey.

De*te"ri*o*rate (d&esl;*tē"r&ibreve;*&osl;*rāt), v. i. To grow worse; to be impaired in quality; to degenerate.

Under such conditions, the mind rapidly deteriorates.
Goldsmith.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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