Meaning of “degradation” in the English Dictionary

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degradationnoun [ U ]

us /ˌdeɡ·rəˈdeɪ·ʃən/

the process by which something is made worse, esp. the quality of land:

One of the effects of environmental degradation is the absence of fish in that river.

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