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Noun
Plural for structural or physical deterioration
“The early designers of urban-aid programs saw inner-city decay as more than just an economic matter.”
Noun
Plural for the state or process of rotting or decomposition
“The rate of product decay is increasing.”
Noun
Verb
To rot or cause to rot
“Masses of leaves may begin to decay and smother the plant beneath them.”
Verb
To decline gradually in health, prosperity, or quality
“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.”
Verb
To lose bodily strength or vigor
“… having reached her 80s, the woman could sense that her body was decaying.”
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