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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.
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
In the EU, confidence improved in services, construction, retail trade and among consumers, while deteriorating slightly in industry, the Economic and Financial Affairs Directorate General of the Commission said in its monthly survey.
Bank of Queensland has announced that funding conditions are deteriorating in Australia.
ISLAMABAD, June 18, 2009 (Balochistan Times) --The Tehreek-e-Hurriyet Jammu and Kashmir (TeH) in occupied Kashmir has urged the regional officer of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) to take serious notice of the deteriorating health of senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani in custody.
Speaking about the security situation in Basra, Gen Keane told national radio: "I think it has been gradually deteriorating, with almost gangland warfare and the lack of ability of the police to control that level of violence - so the situation is gradually getting worse.
VALENCIA - When his mother-in-law was in need of a liver transplant, her health quickly deteriorating, Keith Karzin did what any man would do.
According to Mark Bromley, an analyst at the Real Instituto Elcano, a Madrid security think tank, Venezuela's recent purchases not only illustrate strained ties with Washington, but also the deteriorating state of the Venezuelan military over the last five years.