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Noun
Structural or physical deterioration
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“The early designers of urban-aid programs saw inner-city decay as more than just an economic matter.”
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The state or process of rotting or decomposition
“The rate of product decay is increasing.”
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The state or process of rotting or decomposition
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The state of being extremely dirty and unpleasant, especially as a result of poverty or neglect
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The state or quality of being insubstantial
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The state or quality of being stale
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Moral or cultural decline as characterized by excessive indulgence in pleasure or luxury
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The state of not being used
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The state of being insolvent
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Sunken or decayed area
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A failure to function in an expected or complete manner
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To rot or cause to rot
“Masses of leaves may begin to decay and smother the plant beneath them.”
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To decline gradually in health, prosperity, or quality
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“For years Blackburn's Church Street Pavilions have been allowed to crumble and decay so that the Grade ll listed buildings have become nothing more than an eyesore.”
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To lose bodily strength or vigor
“Having reached her 80s, the woman could sense that her body was decaying.”
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To become inactive or unchanging
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Have a severely detrimental effect on
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