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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to worsen)
a. empeorar
If the weather deteriorates any more, I say we call off the game.Si empeora más el tiempo, digo que suspendamos el partido.
b. deteriorarse
I need to go down to Florida because my father's health is deteriorating.Tengo que ir a Florida porque la salud de mi padre se está deteriorando.
c. degenerar
What began as a thoughtful debate gradually deteriorated into a shouting match.Lo que empezó como un debate serio paulatinamente degeneró en una pelea de gallos.
2. (to become dilapidated)
a. deteriorarse
The window frames are beginning to deteriorate because of the damp weather conditions.Los marcos de las ventanas empiezan a deteriorarse por la humedad del clima.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (situation, health, relations)
a. deteriorarse
2. (weather)
a. empeorar
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deteriorate [dɪˈtɪərɪəreɪt]
intransitive verb
[+work, situation, weather, condition] empeorar; [+health] empeorar; deteriorarse; [+materials, building, relationship] deteriorarse
he was worried about her deteriorating health le preocupaba que cada vez estuviera peor de salud
the deteriorating situation in Zaire is causing concern his behaviour has deteriorated markedly since last term The weather began to deteriorate, and winds built to more than forty knots his condition deteriorated rapidly and he died a week later His health has been deteriorating steadily since he got a chest infection six weeks ago landlords had allowed their properties to deteriorate the house had deteriorated through years of neglect From about age sixty-five the sense of smell begins to deteriorate food deteriorates rapidly if not stored properly his relationship with his wife and children began to deteriorate as he spent more time at work and less at home the dry-cleaning agents cause the elastic in the waistband to deteriorate the uncomfortable Hungarian-built buses are deteriorating through lack of replacement parts the roof began to deteriorate due to prolonged rainy weather
the meeting deteriorated into a free-for-all la reunión degeneró en una pelea
there's widespread concern that the situation in Zaire will deteriorate into civil war her patchy alopecia areata deteriorated into total scalp hair loss a wildly snaking dirt track that was rapidly deteriorating into a mud slide a restrictive ruler whose reign has deteriorated into chaos
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