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Definition of Decay

Decay

  1. To pass gradually from a sound, prosperous, or perfect state, to one of imperfection, adversity, or dissolution; to waste away; to decline; to fail; to become weak, corrupt, or disintegrated; to rot; to perish; as, a tree decays; fortunes decay; hopes decay.
  2. To cause to decay; to impair.
  3. To destroy.
  4. Gradual failure of health, strength, soundness, prosperity, or of any species of excellence or perfection; tendency toward dissolution or extinction; corruption; rottenness; decline; deterioration; as, the decay of the body; the decay of virtue; the decay of the Roman empire; a castle in decay.
  5. Destruction; death.
  6. Cause of decay.
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Decay Translations

decay in Danish is forfald
decay in Dutch is verval
decay in Latin is morior, caries
decay in Spanish is decaimiento
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