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1. decay

verb. ['dɪˈkeɪ'] lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current.

Synonyms

  • decompose
  • disintegrate

Antonyms

  • transitivize
  • decontaminate
  • clean

Etymology

  • decair (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Example sentences of the word decay


1. Noun, singular or mass
Dogs can suffer from tooth decay, cavities and tooth loss.

2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
They also catch falling debris such as tree leaves that help provide nutrients to the fern as they decay.

Quotes containing the word decay


1. In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.
- Ernst Fischer

2. Always learn poems by heart. They have to become the marrow in your bones. Like fluoride in the water, they'll make your soul impervious to the world's soft decay.
- Janet Fitch, White Oleander

3. Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. I'm always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it's very shocking to the system.
- Flannery O'Connor, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose

2. decay

noun. ['dɪˈkeɪ'] the process of gradually becoming inferior.

Synonyms

  • putrefaction
  • ruin
  • dental caries
  • spoiling
  • dilapidation
  • natural action
  • cavity
  • rotting
  • natural process
  • corruption
  • activity
  • spoilage
  • action
  • rot
  • tooth decay
  • caries

Antonyms

  • repair
  • make
  • success
  • enrich

Etymology

  • decair (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

3. decay

verb. ['dɪˈkeɪ'] fall into decay or ruin.

Synonyms

  • eat at
  • wear
  • deteriorate
  • droop
  • fall apart
  • ruin
  • bust
  • change
  • gnaw
  • crumble
  • wear away
  • wilt
  • dilapidate
  • rust
  • gnaw at
  • erode
  • corrode
  • weather
  • break

Antonyms

  • dehydrogenate
  • sensitise
  • destabilise
  • sensitize

Etymology

  • decair (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

4. decay

noun. ['dɪˈkeɪ'] a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current.

Synonyms

  • decrease
  • exponential return
  • decrement
  • exponential decay

Antonyms

  • increase
  • lack
  • recuperate
  • better

Etymology

  • decair (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

5. decay

noun. ['dɪˈkeɪ'] the organic phenomenon of rotting.

Synonyms

  • organic phenomenon

Antonyms

  • undress
  • slip off

Etymology

  • decair (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

6. decay

noun. ['dɪˈkeɪ'] the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation.

Synonyms

  • nuclear reaction
  • disintegration
  • alpha decay
  • radioactive decay

Antonyms

  • defend
  • deconcentrate
  • destabilize
  • enable

Etymology

  • decair (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

7. decay

noun. ['dɪˈkeɪ'] an inferior state resulting from the process of decaying.

Synonyms

  • decomposition
  • putrefaction
  • rancidity
  • disintegration
  • unsoundness
  • impairment
  • rot

Antonyms

  • loosen
  • depersonalize
  • dissimilate
  • demilitarize

Etymology

  • decair (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

8. decay

verb. ['dɪˈkeɪ'] undergo decay or decomposition.

Synonyms

  • molder
  • go bad
  • moulder
  • spoil
  • rot
  • change
  • putrefy
  • deliquesce

Antonyms

  • unstring
  • stabilize
  • assimilate
  • stiffen

Etymology

  • decair (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
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