decayverb [ I or T ]uk /dɪˈkeɪ/ us /dɪˈkeɪ/
- Floating in the dirty river were dead fish, already starting to decay.
- The bacteria live on food particles and produce acid that decays the enamel on your teeth.
- The flesh on a dead body decays very rapidly.
- It's sad to watch a beautiful rose wither and decay in such a short time.
- Plants and animals decay into the soil, replenishing the minerals and nutrients.
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decaynoun [ U ]uk /dɪˈkeɪ/ us /dɪˈkeɪ/
C2 the process of decaying:
- Many children come to us with severe dental decay.
- Unemployment and inner city decay are inseparable issues which must be tackled together.
- Sugar is a major cause of tooth decay.
- The mansion had an atmosphere of genteel elegance and decay.
- Areas of the most serious urban decay are to receive funds for new building and redevelopment schemes.