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English verb: deteriorate

1. deteriorate (change) become worse or disintegrate


SamplesHis mind deteriorated.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)crumble, decay, dilapidate


Narrower (hyponym)go to pot, go to the dogs, wear, wear down, wear off, wear out, wear thin

2. deteriorate (body) grow worse


SamplesHer condition deteriorated.
Conditions in the slums degenerated.
The discussion devolved into a shouting match.


Synonymsdegenerate, devolve, drop


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)decline, worsen


Narrower (hyponym)fade, fatigue, jade, languish, pall, rot, tire, waste, weary


Antonymsconvalesce, recover, recuperate









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