Meaning of “degenerate” in the English Dictionary

"degenerate" in British English

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(Definition of “degenerate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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degenerateverb [ I ]

us /dɪˈdʒen·əˌreɪt/

to become worse:

Standards of courtesy have degenerated since I was a girl.


us /dɪˈdʒen·ər·ət/

bad or worse in quality or character, or (of a person) morally bad:

He was a lazy, degenerate young man.

(Definition of “degenerate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)