Meaning of DECAY in English

DECAY

transcription, транскрипция: [ dɪkeɪ ]

( decays, decaying, decayed)

1.

When something such as a dead body, a dead plant, or a tooth decays , it is gradually destroyed by a natural process.

The bodies buried in the fine ash slowly decayed...

The ground was scattered with decaying leaves.

= rot

VERB : V , V-ing

Decay is also a noun.

When not removed, plaque causes tooth decay and gum disease.

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• de‧cayed

...decayed teeth.

= rotten

ADJ

2.

If something such as a society, system, or institution decays , it gradually becomes weaker or its condition gets worse.

Popular cinema seems to have decayed...

VERB : V

Decay is also a noun.

There are problems of urban decay and gang violence.

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