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Noun
Plural for the state or process of rotting or decomposition
“When an organism dies, oxidation reactions are responsible for the decay of the organic matter.”
Noun
Plural for a deterioration or worsening in condition, structure or quality
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“The early designers of urban-aid programs saw inner-city decay as more than just an economic matter.”
Noun
Plural for the progressive destruction of a tooth by decay
“A sticky toffee, for example, will lead to tooth decay more readily than the same amount of sugar taken in a drink.”
Noun
Plural for the gradual destruction or diminution of something
Noun
Plural for the state of being ill or unhealthy
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Plural for the characteristic or quality of being grimy
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Plural for foul matter, especially dirt, which soils or defiles
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Plural for moral or cultural decline as characterized by excessive indulgence in pleasure or luxury
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Plural for the state of not being used
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Plural for the state of being insolvent
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Plural for a failure to function in an expected or complete manner
Verb
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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“The result is that property has been allowed to decay and is occupied almost entirely by people who cannot pay any heavy rents.”
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To deplete, or be depleted, in physical strength or energy
“Flowers decay much sooner when tied in bunches or bouquets than when arranged loosely.”
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To become inactive or unchanging
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To damage, or cause to become damaged, through continued use
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To have a severely detrimental effect on
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Live or spend a period of time in a dull, inactive, unchallenging way
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