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The process of growing worse, or the state of having grown worse.
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  1. The process of growing worse, or the state of having grown worse.
A dissolving or being dissolved
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  1. A dissolving or being dissolved
  2. The termination, cessation, or winding up of a legal entity such as a corporation or partnership; the consensual or judicially ordered undoing of a contract by placing the parties back into the positions they held before entering into it; the termination of a marriage. The termination, cessation, or winding up of a legal entity such as a corporation or partnership; the consensual or judicially ordered undoing of a contract by placing the parties back into the positions they held before entering into it; the termination of a marriage.
  3. The ending of life; death
A growing lesser; reduction or decrease.
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A sudden or sharp fall
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  1. A sudden or sharp fall
  2. The act or an instance of slumping.
  3. An extended period during which a player, team, worker, etc. is below normal in performance
To pass over or skip from (a record set by a record changer) without playing
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  1. To pass over or skip from (a record set by a record changer) without playing
  2. To refuse to take, agree to, accede to, use, believe, etc.
  3. To turn down (an applicant, as for a job); refuse to accept.
(Idiomatic) To reposition by turning, flipping, etc. in a downward direction.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To reposition by turning, flipping, etc. in a downward direction.
  2. (Idiomatic) To refuse, decline, or deny.
  3. (Idiomatic) To reduce the amount of something by means of a control, such as the volume, heat, or light.
To take away; to subtract.
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  1. To take away; to subtract.
  2. To cause to taper.
  3. (Intransitive) To become smaller.
To approach an end:
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  1. To approach an end:
  2. To decrease gradually in size, number, strength, or intensity:
  3. To become less intense, bright, strong, etc.; grow dim or faint, as a light
To break; to disperse.
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  1. To break; to disperse.
  2. To become gradually less until little remains.
  3. To cause to dwindle:
To become less distinct; lose color, brilliance, etc.
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  1. To become less distinct; lose color, brilliance, etc.
  2. To cause to fade
  3. To cause to lose brightness, freshness, or strength:
To be related by genetic descent from an individual or individuals in a previous generation:
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  1. To be related by genetic descent from an individual or individuals in a previous generation:
  2. To proceed or progress downward, as in rank, pitch, or scale:
  3. To move from a higher to a lower place; come down or go down
To lower or drop (something) suddenly:
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  1. To lower or drop (something) suddenly:
  2. To plunge into water or other liquid and come out quickly.
  3. To lower a container, the hand, etc. into liquid, a receptacle, etc., esp. in order to take something out
To allow to droop or sink.
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  1. To allow to droop or sink.
  2. (Intransitive) To sink or hang downward; to sag.
  3. (Intransitive) To slowly become limp; to bend gradually.
To become more stable or composed; stop fluctuating or changing
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  1. To become more stable or composed; stop fluctuating or changing
  2. To move downward; sink or descend, especially gradually:
  3. To cause to sink, become compact, or come to rest:
To leave undone; neglect:
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  1. To leave undone; neglect:
  2. To receive an academic grade below the acceptable minimum in (a course, for example):
  3. To break; not to succeed in reaching a standard or goal; to perform ineptly or faultily; to become bankrupt. To break; not to succeed in reaching a standard or goal; to perform ineptly or faultily; to become bankrupt.
To cause to penetrate or become absorbed
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  1. To cause to penetrate or become absorbed
  2. To cause to descend beneath the surface or to the bottom of a liquid:
  3. To cause to submerge or go beneath the surface
To fall below a normal or desirable state, especially functionally or morally; deteriorate:
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  1. To fall below a normal or desirable state, especially functionally or morally; deteriorate:
  2. To lose former normal or higher qualities
  3. To decline or become debased morally, culturally, etc.
To regress; to slip backwards or revert to a previous, worse state.
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  1. To regress; to slip backwards or revert to a previous, worse state.
  2. To revert to bad habits or lapse in religious practice.
  3. To slide backward in morals or religious enthusiasm; become less virtuous, less pious, etc.
To direct or allow to leave:
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  1. To direct or allow to leave:
  2. To send away; cause or allow to leave
  3. To refuse to accept or recognize; reject:
To indicate unwillingness (to do something):
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  1. To indicate unwillingness (to do something):
  2. To decline to accept; reject
  3. To indicate unwillingness to do, accept, give, or allow:
To refuse to take, agree to, accede to, use, believe, etc.
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  1. To refuse to take, agree to, accede to, use, believe, etc.
  2. To refuse to give sufficient parental affection or care to (a child or young animal).
  3. To turn down (an applicant, as for a job); refuse to accept.
To show contempt or disdain in refusing or rejecting
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  1. To show contempt or disdain in refusing or rejecting
  2. (Archaic) To push or drive away contemptuously with or as with the foot
  3. To refuse or reject with contempt or disdain; scorn
(Idiomatic) To refuse, decline, or deny.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To refuse, decline, or deny.
  2. (Idiomatic) To reposition by turning, flipping, etc. in a downward direction.
  3. (Idiomatic) To reduce the amount of something by means of a control, such as the volume, heat, or light.
Not so; no.
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  1. Not so; no.
  2. To forbid, refuse, or veto:
  3. (Informal) To disapprove of or put a stop to
To proceed or progress downward, as in rank, pitch, or scale:
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  1. To proceed or progress downward, as in rank, pitch, or scale:
  2. To come down (from a source, as from an ancestor)
  3. To move from a higher to a lower place; come or go down.
To lower or drop (something) suddenly:
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  1. To lower or drop (something) suddenly:
  2. To plunge into water or other liquid and come out quickly.
  3. To lower a container, the hand, etc. into liquid, a receptacle, etc., esp. in order to take something out
To fall; come down
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  1. To fall; come down
  2. To cause to fall, as by wounding, killing, or hitting
  3. To fall in drops
To drop or come down freely under the influence of gravity:
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  1. To drop or come down freely under the influence of gravity:
  2. To pass into a particular state, condition, or situation:
  3. To come forth as if by falling; issue:
To plunge or toss with the bow and stern rising and falling abruptly
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  1. To plunge or toss with the bow and stern rising and falling abruptly
  2. To fix or set at a particular point, level, degree, etc.
  3. To fall or plunge headlong
To fall or drop to a lower level, especially to go down slowly or in stages:
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  1. To fall or drop to a lower level, especially to go down slowly or in stages:
  2. To fall or lower oneself slowly, as from weakness or fatigue:
  3. To cause or allow to fall or go down; lower
To waste away or fail to develop
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  1. To waste away or fail to develop
  2. A wasting or decrease in the size of an organ or tissue, as from death and reabsorption of cells, diminished proliferation of cells, pressure, lack of oxygen, malnutrition, decreased function, or hormonal changes.
  3. To cause to wither or deteriorate; affect with atrophy.
To fall below a normal or desirable state, especially functionally or morally; deteriorate:
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  1. To fall below a normal or desirable state, especially functionally or morally; deteriorate:
  2. To lose former normal or higher qualities
  3. To decline or become debased morally, culturally, etc.
To move from a higher to a lower place; come down or go down
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  1. To move from a higher to a lower place; come down or go down
  2. To proceed or progress downward, as in rank, pitch, or scale:
  3. To be related by genetic descent from an individual or individuals in a previous generation:
To make or become worse; lower in quality or value; depreciate
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  1. To make or become worse; lower in quality or value; depreciate
  2. To diminish or impair in quality, character, or value:
  3. To grow worse; degenerate:
To become worse; decline; deteriorate; degenerate
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  1. To become worse; decline; deteriorate; degenerate
  2. (Archaic) To move or seem to move backward.
  3. Having a brief, regularly occurring, apparently backward movement in the sky as viewed from Earth against the background of fixed stars. Retrograde movement of the planets is caused by the differing orbital velocities of Earth and the body observed. For example, the outer planets normally appear to drift gradually eastward in the sky in relation to the fixed stars; that is, they appear night after night to fall a little farther behind the neighboring stars in their westward passage across the sky. However, at certain times a particular planet appears briefly to speed up and move westward a bit more quickly than the neighboring stars. This happens as Earth, in its faster inner orbit, overtakes and passes the planet in its slower outer orbit; the appearance of moving counter to its usual eastward drift is thus simply the result of perspective as seen from Earth.
To force into the ground:
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  1. To force into the ground:
  2. To cause to submerge or go beneath the surface
  3. To cause to descend beneath the surface or to the bottom of a liquid:
To make or become worse.
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  1. To make or become worse.
  2. (Intransitive) To become worse; to get worse; to deteriorate.
To lose former normal or higher qualities
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  1. To lose former normal or higher qualities
  2. To fall below a normal or desirable state, especially functionally or morally; deteriorate:
  3. To decline or become debased morally, culturally, etc.
To make or become worse; lower in quality or value; depreciate
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  1. To make or become worse; lower in quality or value; depreciate
  2. To grow worse; degenerate:
  3. To diminish or impair in quality, character, or value:
To cause to lose brightness, freshness, or strength:
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  1. To cause to lose brightness, freshness, or strength:
  2. (Football) To move back from the line of scrimmage. Used of a quarterback.
  3. To become less distinct; lose color, brilliance, etc.
To give such a grade of failure to (a student):
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  1. To give such a grade of failure to (a student):
  2. To receive an academic grade below the acceptable minimum in (a course, for example):
  3. To break; not to succeed in reaching a standard or goal; to perform ineptly or faultily; to become bankrupt. To break; not to succeed in reaching a standard or goal; to perform ineptly or faultily; to become bankrupt.
To become limp; droop
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  1. To become limp; droop
  2. To hang loose without stiffness; to bend down, as flexible bodies; to be loose, yielding, limp.
  3. To signal with or as with a flag; esp., to signal (the driver of a vehicle) to stop
To exist or continue in miserable or disheartening conditions:
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  1. To exist or continue in miserable or disheartening conditions:
  2. To become downcast or pine away in longing:
  3. To be or become weak or feeble; lose strength or vigor:
To fall or drop to a lower level, especially to go down slowly or in stages:
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  1. To fall or drop to a lower level, especially to go down slowly or in stages:
  2. To cause to submerge or go beneath the surface
  3. To invest or spend, often without getting a return or adequate value:
To approach an end:
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  1. To approach an end:
  2. To decrease gradually in size, number, strength, or intensity:
  3. To become less intense, bright, strong, etc.; grow dim or faint, as a light
To be used up or worn down gradually; become smaller or fewer by gradual loss
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  1. To be used up or worn down gradually; become smaller or fewer by gradual loss
  2. To pass without being put to use:
  3. To fail to take advantage of or use for profit; lose:
To make or become weak or weaker
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  1. To make or become weak or weaker
  2. (Intransitive) To become weaker.
A wasting away, deterioration, or diminution:
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  1. A wasting away, deterioration, or diminution:
  2. A wasting or decrease in size of a body organ, tissue, or part owing to disease, injury, or lack of use:
  3. A wasting or decrease in the size of an organ or tissue, as from death and reabsorption of cells, diminished proliferation of cells, pressure, lack of oxygen, malnutrition, decreased function, or hormonal changes.
Lavish or sensual self-indulgence
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  1. Lavish or sensual self-indulgence
  2. A literary movement especially of late 19th-century France and England characterized by refined aestheticism, artifice, and the quest for new sensations.
  3. A process, condition, or period of decline, as in morals, art, literature, etc.; deterioration; decay
(Gram.) A class of nouns, pronouns, or adjectives having the same or a similar system of inflections to show case
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  1. (Gram.) A class of nouns, pronouns, or adjectives having the same or a similar system of inflections to show case
  2. (Linguistics) In certain languages, the inflection of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives with respect to categories such as case, number, and gender.
  3. A decline or decrease; deterioration:
A bending or sloping downward; deviation from the horizontal or vertical
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  1. A bending or sloping downward; deviation from the horizontal or vertical
  2. A deviation, as from a specific direction or standard.
  3. An oblique variation from some definite direction
(Genetics) The presence in the genetic code of multiple codons for the same amino acid.
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  1. (Genetics) The presence in the genetic code of multiple codons for the same amino acid.
  2. The process of degenerating.
  3. A degenerate action
A degenerate condition
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  1. A degenerate condition
  2. (Medicine) Gradual deterioration of specific tissues, cells, or organs with corresponding impairment or loss of function, caused by injury, disease, or aging.
  3. (Med.) Deterioration in structure or function of cells, tissues, or organs, as in disease or aging
The process of growing worse, or the state of having grown worse.
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  1. The process of growing worse, or the state of having grown worse.
A falling off, especially from prosperity or vigor; a decline.
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  1. A falling off, especially from prosperity or vigor; a decline.
  2. (Astron.) The angular distance of a celestial body north or south from the celestial equator: it is used with right ascension to find an exact position in the sky
  3. An oblique variation from some definite direction
The process of growing worse, or the state of having grown worse.
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  1. The process of growing worse, or the state of having grown worse.
The condition or fact of not achieving the desired end or ends:
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  1. The condition or fact of not achieving the desired end or ends:
  2. A cessation of proper functioning or performance:
  3. The condition or fact of being insufficient or falling short:
  1. A drop to a lower status or condition.
  2. A lowering or decline, as in status or level:
  3. A decline; fall
(Gym.) The act of lowering oneself between parallel bars by bending the arms until the chin reaches the bar level, and then raising oneself by straightening the arms
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  1. (Gym.) The act of lowering oneself between parallel bars by bending the arms until the chin reaches the bar level, and then raising oneself by straightening the arms
  2. (--- Linguistics) A part of a phrase or sentence that is unstressed or less strongly stressed relative to surrounding words, as the words I and to in I have to go.
  3. (Sports) A gymnastic exercise on the parallel bars in which the body is lowered by bending the elbows until the chin reaches the level of the bars and then is raised by straightening the arms.
(Football) A play in which a running back carries the ball while plunging directly into the line a short distance away
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  1. (Football) A play in which a running back carries the ball while plunging directly into the line a short distance away
  2. A sharp descent or sudden drop, as of an airplane
  3. An exaggerated fall, especially by a hockey player, intended to draw a penalty against an opponent.
A swing downward, as of a golf club.
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  1. A swing downward, as of a golf club.
  2. A decline, as of a business.
  3. The portion of any movement along an arc or curve, heading in a lower direction.
A downward trend; a downturn.
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  1. A downward trend; a downturn.
  2. A downward trend, esp. a financial one
  3. Any gradual movement towards a lower state or value.
A tendency downward, especially in business or economic activity.
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  1. A tendency downward, especially in business or economic activity.
The act of falling; descent:
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  1. The act of falling; descent:
  2. The smallest quantity of liquid heavy enough to fall in a spherical mass.
  3. The act or fact of dropping; a fall, descent, slump, or decrease
A very steep drop
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  1. A very steep drop
  2. A location where a person or thing can be dropped off
  3. A designated place where people or things can be left:
A reduction in value, amount, or degree:
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  1. A reduction in value, amount, or degree:
  2. A marked, often sudden, decline in status, rank, or importance:
  3. Something that has fallen:
A very steep dive of an aircraft.
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  1. A very steep dive of an aircraft.
  2. A swift, steep downward plunge of an airplane, with the nose toward the earth
  3. Any sudden, sharp drop, as in profits
(Informal) A heavy, rash investment or speculation
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  1. (Informal) A heavy, rash investment or speculation
  2. A dive or downward leap
  3. The act or an instance of plunging:
The action of sliding or slipping over a surface, often sideways.
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  1. The action of sliding or slipping over a surface, often sideways.
  2. (Informal) A period of sharp decline or repeated losses:
  3. A plank, log, etc., often one of a pair or set, used as a support or as a track upon which to slide or roll a heavy object
A small metal or glass tube worn over a finger or held in the hand, used in playing bottleneck-style guitar.
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  1. A small metal or glass tube worn over a finger or held in the hand, used in playing bottleneck-style guitar.
  2. (Music) A slight portamento used in violin playing, passing quickly from one note to another.
  3. The fall of a mass of rock, snow, earth, etc. down a slope
A drooping or slouching posture:
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  1. A drooping or slouching posture:
  2. An extended period of poor performance, especially in a sport or competitive activity:
  3. A sudden or sharp fall
A decrease, as in value:
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  1. A decrease, as in value:
  2. An act of tumbling; a fall.
  3. A fall or decline
A downward slope or sloping, as of a hill
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  1. A downward slope or sloping, as of a hill
  1. A drop to a lower status or condition.
  2. A lowering or decline, as in status or level:
  3. A decline; fall
The act of falling; descent:
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  1. The act of falling; descent:
  2. The smallest quantity of liquid heavy enough to fall in a spherical mass.
  3. The act or fact of dropping; a fall, descent, slump, or decrease
A reduction in value, amount, or degree:
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  1. A reduction in value, amount, or degree:
  2. A marked, often sudden, decline in status, rank, or importance:
  3. Something that has fallen:
(Music) In an a cappella group, the singer responsible for singing a note for the other members to tune themselves by.
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  1. (Music) In an a cappella group, the singer responsible for singing a note for the other members to tune themselves by.
  2. (Chiefly British) The stand of a vendor or hawker.
  3. The distance that a propeller would travel in an ideal medium during one complete revolution, measured parallel to the shaft of the propeller.
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