erode Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"erode" in British English

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erodeverb [I or T]

uk   /ɪˈrəʊd/  us   /-ˈroʊd/

erode verb [I or T] (DAMAGE PHYSICALLY)

C2 to ​rub or be ​rubbed away ​gradually: Wind and ​rain have eroded the ​statues into ​shapelesslumps of ​stone. The ​cliffs are eroding several ​feet a ​year.

erode verb [I or T] (HAVE NEGATIVE EFFECT)

C2 to ​slowlyreduce or ​destroy something: His ​behaviour over the last few ​months has eroded my ​confidence in his ​judgment.
(Definition of erode from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"erode" in American English

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erodeverb [I/T]

 us   /ɪˈroʊd/
to ​weaken or ​damage something by taking away ​parts of it ​gradually, or to ​becomeweaker in this way: [T] Budget ​cuts could ​further erode the ​benefitpackageprovided for by the ​contract. earth science If a ​naturalfeature or ​physicalobject erodes, it is ​damaged by the ​effect of ​weather.
(Definition of erode from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"erode" in Business English

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erodeverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ɪˈrəʊd/
to slowly ​reduce or destroy something, or to be slowly ​reduced or destroyed: erode value/profits/margins Sudden ​movements in ​exchange and ​interestrates can erode ​profitmargins. erode ​confidence/​support The ​retailindustry is ​struggling with eroding ​consumerconfidence and a ​weakeningsalestrend.
(Definition of erode from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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