decay

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/dɪˈkeɪ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/dɪˈkeɪ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(di kā)


decay
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Sense: Verb: decompose
Synonyms:
decompose, rot , dry-rot, mold , mould (UK), fester, putrefy, go bad, break down, perish, biodegrade, molder, moulder (UK), crumble , corrupt , become tainted, spoil , curdle, turn sour, turn
Antonyms:
improvement , increase , comeback, rally , revitalize, recover , grow , germinate, preserve , strengthen , flourish , develop
Sense: Verb: deteriorate
Synonyms:
deteriorate, worsen , get worse, decline , fade , atrophy, go to seed, degenerate, depreciate, fade away, fall off, weaken , diminish , ebb , rot , wane , go from bad to worse, go to rack and ruin, go to the dogs, reach the depths, hit rock bottom
Sense: Noun: decomposition
Synonyms:
decomposition, disintegration, putrefaction, corruption, rot , rotting, festering, breakdown, spoilage, putrescence, moldering, mouldering (UK)
Antonyms:
growth , germination, preservation
Sense: Noun: process of decline
Synonyms:
decline , deterioration, wasting away, collapse , downfall , depreciation, decrease , degeneration, retrogression, retrogradation, crumbling, weakening, wear and tear, breakdown, failure , ruination, dilapidation, disintegration, ruin , crumbling, dwindling
Antonyms:
improvement , increase , comeback, rally , revitalization, recovery , development
Sense: Noun: state of decline
Synonyms:
decline , disrepair, ruination, dilapidation, ruin , rot , blight , rancidness

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