Definition and Meanings for decay

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Decay is ranked 13,264 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of decay

intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, transitive verb, noun

Etymology of decay

of. decaeir, dechaer, decheoir, f. d, to decline, fall, become less; l. de- + cadere to fall. see chance

Meaning of decay


as intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • 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.

as transitive verb

  • to cause to decay; to impair.
  • to destroy.

as noun

  • 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.
  • destruction; death.
  • cause of decay.
  • No antonyms for decay

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