Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • Word of the Day
    balmy

    bal mi

    adjective
    1.  gentle, mild, and soothing.
    They prefer the balmy climate of the South Sea Islands.

    2.  fragrant, like a balm.
    The tropical air was balmy with the scent of gardenias.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    dainty

    deIn ti

    adjective
    1.  small and delicate.
    In her hand she held one dainty blossom.
    We drank small amounts of tea in my grandmother’s dainty cups.
    Taking dainty steps, she entered the room without a sound.

    2.  having delicate and refined manners or taste, esp. with respect to cleanliness or food.
    She is always so dainty in the way she eats;  I just shovel food into my mouth and spill things on my shirt.

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Aug
04
2014

deteriorate

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

dih tir i @ reit

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to decline or become inferior in value or quality; debase.
example:  Since she started smoking, her health has deteriorated.
example:  Due to neglect, the condition of the property is deteriorating.
example:  Our friendship has deteriorated as a result of our political differences.
example:  The situation had deteriorated to the point where the two nations were on the brink of war.

 

definition 2:  to wear away; break down little by little.
example:  The paint on all the shutters has deteriorated.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the intransitive verb deteriorate

NOUN + deteriorate:    situation ~ , relationship ~ , condition ~ , health ~ , performance ~ , quality ~ , strength ~ , fitness ~

ADVERB + deteriorate:    badly ~ , greatly ~ , gradually ~ , slowly ~, steadily ~ , inevitably ~, dangerously ~, subsequently ~

deteriorate + ADVERB:     rapidly ~ , sharply ~ , significantly ~ , seriously ~ , severely ~ , alarmingly ~ , dramatically ~ , drastically ~ , markedly ~ , considerably ~ , substantially ~ , somewhat ~ , gradually ~ , progressively ~ ,  mentally ~ , physically ~