1. deteriorate

verb. ['dɪˈtɪriːɝˌeɪt'] become worse or disintegrate.


  • crumble
  • wear off
  • wear down
  • wear out
  • go to the dogs
  • wear
  • dilapidate
  • wear thin
  • go to pot


  • increment
  • increase
  • obey
  • contract in

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Rhymes with Deteriorate

  • accelerate
  • adulterate
  • agglomerate
  • ameliorate
  • aspirate
  • cogenerate
  • collaborate
  • commemorate
  • commiserate
  • confederate
  • cooperate
  • cooperate
  • corroborate
  • decelerate
  • decorate
  • degenerate
  • deliberate
  • elaborate
  • emirate
  • enumerate

How do you pronounce deteriorate?

Pronounce deteriorate as dɪˈtɪriərˌeɪt.

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Sentences with deteriorate

1. Verb, base form
The coupler can crack over time or the rubber can deteriorate, creating a noise inside the washing machine.

2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
When belts deteriorate and break, they prevent the engine from functioning properly, causing the engine to overheat.

Quotes about deteriorate

1. They look quite promising in the shop; and not entirely without hope when I get them back into my wardrobe. But then, when I put them on they tend to deteriorate with a very strange rapidity and one feels so sorry for them.
- Joyce Grenfell

2. Be patient. Your skin took a while to deteriorate. Give it some time to reflect a calmer inner state. As one of my friends states on his Facebook profile: "The true Losers in Life, are not those who Try and Fail, but those who Fail to Try.
- Jess C. Scott, Clear: A Guide to Treating Acne Naturally

2. deteriorate

verb. ['dɪˈtɪriːɝˌeɪt'] grow worse.


  • devolve
  • decline
  • weary
  • waste
  • pall
  • worsen
  • fatigue
  • jade
  • rot
  • drop
  • languish
  • fade
  • degenerate


  • better
  • refresh
  • interest
  • enrich