Translation of "decay" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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decayverb [ I or T ]

uk /dɪˈkeɪ/ us /dɪˈkeɪ/

B2 to (cause something to) become gradually damaged, worse, or less

Sugar makes your teeth decay. 糖能腐蚀牙齿。
The role of the extended family has been decaying for some time. 大家庭的作用开始减弱已经有一段时间了。
Pollution has decayed the surface of the stonework on the front of the cathedral. 大教堂前部的石刻表面已经因为污染受到了侵蚀。
the smell of decaying meat 腐肉气味

More examples

  • Floating in the dirty river were dead fish, already starting to decay.
  • The bacteria live on food particles and produce acid that decays the enamel on your teeth.
  • The flesh on a dead body decays very rapidly.
  • It's sad to watch a beautiful rose wither and decay in such a short time.
  • Plants and animals decay into the soil, replenishing the minerals and nutrients.

decaynoun [ U ]

uk /dɪˈkeɪ/ us /dɪˈkeɪ/

C2 the process of decaying

environmental/industrial/moral/urban decay 环境恶化/工业衰退/道德堕落/城市衰落
dental/tooth decay 蛀牙
The buildings had started to fall into decay. 那些建筑已经开始破败了。
This industry has been in decay for some time. 这个行业早就开始衰退了。

More examples

  • Many children come to us with severe dental decay.
  • Unemployment and inner city decay are inseparable issues which must be tackled together.
  • Sugar is a major cause of tooth decay.
  • The mansion had an atmosphere of genteel elegance and decay.
  • Areas of the most serious urban decay are to receive funds for new building and redevelopment schemes.

(Translation of “decay” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)