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English definition of “decay”


verb [I or T]     /dɪˈkeɪ/
B2 to ( cause something to) become gradually damaged , worse , or less: Sugar makes your teeth decay. The role of the extended family has been decaying for some time . Pollution has decayed the surface of the stonework on the front of the cathedral . the smell of decaying meat Decaying and staying freshDeteriorating and making worse
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