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v. de·te·ri·o·rat·ed, de·te·ri·o·rat·ing, de·te·ri·o·rates
To diminish or impair in quality, character, or value: Time and neglect had deteriorated the property.
1. To grow worse; degenerate: The weather deteriorated overnight.
2. To weaken or disintegrate; decay: The nation's highways are deteriorating at a rapid pace.

[Late Latin dēteriōrāre, dēteriōrāt-, from Latin dēterior, worse; see de- in Indo-European roots.]

de·te′ri·o·ra′tion n.
de·te′ri·o·ra′tive adj.
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Every sort of demand is made upon the master of a sailing-yacht, and to be penalized in proportion to your success may be of advantage to the sport itself, but it has an obviously deteriorating effect upon the seamanship.
Lumley has lost his self respect, he is losing his ambition, he is deteriorating every day.
"Rent there may be in Europe, where land has been improved by the labor put into it, but with us all the land is deteriorating from the labor put into it--in other words they're working it out; so there's no question of rent."
Something unknown, withering and poisonous, had entered his life, passed near him, touched him, and he was deteriorating. He was appalled.
He was deteriorating. Five years of life in common had appeased his longing.
They are of about the period of the Nuns' House, irregularly modernised here and there, as steadily deteriorating generations found, more and more, that they preferred air and light to Fever and the Plague.
She found herself in the presence of a lady of mild, ingratiating manners, whose dress was the perfection of neatness, taste, and matronly simplicity, whose personal appearance was little less than a triumph of physical resistance to the deteriorating influence of time.
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Islamabad -- Joint session of Parliament will be held to discuss deteriorating situation in Occupied Kashmir.
Officers say that councillors should sign off on the contract or risk the road deteriorating over the winter.
ISLAMABAD -- Expressing its concern over the deteriorating situation in Kashmir, Japan on Thursday strongly urged India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and stabilize the situation through dialogue.
He apprise Tilak Marapana about his letter to the United Nation High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) over deteriorating situation in India held Kashmir in the aftermath of the Pulwama incident.