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"deteriorate" in British English

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deteriorateverb [I]

uk   /dɪˈtɪə.ri.ə.reɪt/  us   /dɪˈtɪr.i.ə.reɪt/
C1 to become worse: She was taken into hospital last week when her condition suddenly deteriorated. The political situation in the region has deteriorated rapidly.

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deterioration
noun [C or U] uk   /dɪˌtɪə.ri.əˈreɪ.ʃən/  us   /dɪˌtɪr.i.əˈreɪ.ʃən/
We've seen a deterioration in relations between the countries.
(Definition of deteriorate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"deteriorate" in American English

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deteriorateverb [I]

 us   /dɪˈtɪr·i·əˌreɪt/
to become worse: She went into the hospital when her condition began to deteriorate.
deterioration
noun [U]  us   /dɪˌtɪr·i·əˈreɪ·ʃən/
a deterioration in relations between the two countries
(Definition of deteriorate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"deteriorate" in Business English

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deteriorateverb [I]

uk   us   /dɪˈtɪəriəreɪt/
to become worse: If the economy continues to deteriorate, it will affect the firm's future performance. Sales will decrease as economic conditions deteriorate. Working conditions in the industry continue to deteriorate. deteriorate rapidly/sharply/significantly deteriorate steadily/slowly/gradually
(Definition of deteriorate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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