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erode

verb [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 shapeless lumps of stone. The cliffs are eroding several feet a year.

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

C2 to slowly reduce or destroy something: His behaviour over the last few months has eroded my confidence in his judgment.
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