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

腐蚀;(使)衰败,(使)衰弱
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

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decaynoun [ U ]

uk /dɪˈkeɪ/ us /dɪˈkeɪ/

C2 the process of decaying

腐蚀;衰败,衰弱
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。

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