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Gradual DeclinePlay
Use 'deteriorate' when something gradually gets worse over time, rather than suddenly. SlideHis handwriting deteriorated as he grew older.
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Negative ConnotationPlay
The word 'deteriorate' carries a negative meaning, implying a downward trend or decay. SlidePublic trust in the government has deteriorated.
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Without CausePlay
Use 'deteriorate' when explaining that something is getting worse without stating the cause. SlideThe ancient ruins are deteriorating with time.