Synonyms of 'erode'
to wear down or awayThe beach had all but totally eroded.
At 420 mph the windscreen disintegrated.
Under the pressure, the flint crumbled into fragments.
The chalk cliffs are crumbling.
deteriorate, , , ,
X-rays are used to prevent fresh food from deteriorating.
The plants are just wasting away in this heat.
wear down or away
to wear down or awayOnce exposed, soil is quickly eroded by wind and rain.
to deteriorate or cause to deteriorateHis fumbling of the issue of reform has eroded his authority.
Her opponents believe that her authority has been fatally weakened.
This will undermine their chances of success.
Federalism is intended to diminish the power of the central state.
The bright sunshine was impairing my vision.
Keep immunisations up to date to lessen the risk of serious illness.
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in the sense of abrade
The rough rock had abraded her skin.
in the sense of consume
to destroyFire consumed the building.
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