音标: [dɪˈtɪriəreɪt]
释义:[变得]恶化,堕落,退化;~ into sth. 恶化成某事

When something gets worse due to neglect or an unfortunate health problem, stuff starts to deteriorate — or fall apart.

The word deteriorate describes anytime something gets worse. Due to neglect, a relationship can deteriorate but so can the American highway system. Sadly, there seems to be no end to applications for the word deteriorate. And, the truth is at a certain age we all start deteriorating too.

Unfortunately, the patient continues to deteriorate.

I’m a chef. My skills are deteriorating.

Clark, things are really deteriorating around here.

Okay, we have a deteriorating situation in Venezuela.

There is a deteriorating situation here, and we gotta do something about it.