What is the opposite of improve?

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Opposite of to enhance the value of something, or to make more efficient
“Stress is believed to impair one's ability to regulate moods.”
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Opposite of to make progress or increase the skill of
“His ability to perform will diminish when age catches up with him.”
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(persist) Opposite of to be expectant of a positive outcome
“Unfortunately, the bad weather is expected to persist for a few more days.”
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(worsen) Opposite of to be expectant of a positive outcome
“The condition of the wall is expected to worsen with time.”
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Opposite of to recover or feel better
“For a couple of days he is able to speak, but then his condition begins to deteriorate.”
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Opposite of to amend or repair
“Take hold of the crystal gingerly, as if you are afraid to break it.”
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Opposite of to change one's attitude for the better
“Do not be discouraged if you have a day or two where you regress into bad habits.”
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Opposite of to make (something) greater in amount, level or degree by adding to it
“But they diminish their own credibility with a lot of stories you cannot believe.”
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Opposite of to improve through the addition of features
“Adding too many widgets to our interface will only worsen our software.”
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Opposite of to fix, correct, revise or improve (a text or document)
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Opposite of to champion or foster a cause
“We must oppose any trade rules based on even the most minimalist form of reciprocity in market access.”
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Opposite of to build, construct
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Opposite of to alter or change into something new or updated
“Surely, if my system's working fine, then I should just leave it as it is?”
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Opposite of to make human or humane
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Opposite of to change in character or composition, typically in a comparatively small but significant way
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Opposite of to benefit from
“You will have nothing to gain and everything to lose if you continue this gambling habit.”
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Opposite of to improve in mood or disposition
“Little Ricky's spirits would dampen when his mother refused him a cookie for his bad behavior.”
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Opposite of brush up
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Opposite of to fit by alteration
“The ancient tribe largely keep to themselves and avoid contact with the modern world to preserve their way of life.”
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Opposite of to give life or spirit to
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Opposite of become improved
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Opposite of to act as a supplemental element to
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