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English definition of “degrade”

degrade

verb [I] (CHANGE STRUCTURE)    /dɪˈɡreɪd/ specialized
(of a substance) to change into a more simple chemical structure: These chemicals quickly degrade into harmless compounds. → See also biodegradePhysical and chemical processes
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