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Definition of 'decay'

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Chewing gum can remove up to 100million bacteria in just ten minutes, reducing your risk of tooth decay. The Sun (2017)If they are old enough, explain about tooth decay and why it's important to get back to healthy food. The Sun (2016)The decaying body might affect stamina but has no other influence on artistic product. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Looking at this fresh sign of decay and decline is strangely compelling. Times, Sunday Times (2011)There is a poignant beauty in the process of decay. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Tooth decay and gum disease can sometimes be inherited from your parents. The Sun (2015)Obesity is on the rise and so is tooth decay in youngsters. The Sun (2015)If a deluge of decaying matter is dumped on them they cannot consume it fast enough. Times, Sunday Times (2006)There was no oxygen and few bacteria to cause decay. The Sun (2009)The only conservation that should take place should be that which attempts to stop processes of decay. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Dental decay is a disease of social disadvantage. Times, Sunday Times (2009)More than a quarter also have tooth decay. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The reality of this universal decay of matter into radiation is now to be put to experimental test. Dyson, Freeman Infinite in All Directions (1989)We are urban explorers, discovering street art and the pleasure of decaying urban spaces. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Being Dead found beauty in physical decay. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Peat is an accumulation of partially decayed vegetation matter, formed over hundreds of thousands of years. Times, Sunday Times (2010)One of the side-effects can be a dry mouth which may contribute to the chance of tooth decay or gum disease. Martlew, Gillian & Silver, Shelley (ed) The Medicine Chest - your family's guide to prescription drugs (1988)Last summer a major discount store on the wrong side of town was going out of business, a victim of urban decay. Christianity Today (2000)It's a recipe for decay and decline - and would be terribly hard to escape. Times, Sunday Times (2015)We feel the man's pomposity and age, taste the heat and sweat of his desperation in the grip of beauty and decay. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Since that survey took place, more slums have been cleared and more dwellings repaired and improved, but likewise more will have decayed and declined. Brown, Muriel & Payne Sarah Introduction to Social Administration in Britain (1990)

Synonyms of 'decay'

rot, break down, disintegrate, spoil
decline, sink, break down, diminish
rot, rotting, deterioration, corruption
decline, collapse, deterioration, failing

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Translations for 'decay'

British English: decay /dɪˈkeɪ/ VERB
When something such as a dead body, a dead plant, or a tooth decays, it is gradually destroyed by a natural process.
You need to protect your teeth from decaying.
  • American English: decay
  • Arabic: يَتَعَفَّنُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: decair
  • Chinese: 腐烂
  • Croatian: raspadati se
  • Czech: rozklad mrtvé tkáně
  • Danish: forfalde
  • Dutch: vervallen
  • European Spanish: deteriorarse
  • Finnish: mädäntyä
  • French: se décomposer
  • German: verfallen
  • Greek: αποσυντίθεμαι
  • Italian: decomporsi
  • Japanese: 衰える
  • Korean: 썩다
  • Norwegian: forfalle
  • Polish: stracić siły
  • European Portuguese: decair
  • Romanian: a se degrada
  • Russian: разлагаться
  • Spanish: deteriorarse
  • Swedish: förfall
  • Thai: เน่าเปื่อย
  • Turkish: çürümek
  • Ukrainian: розкладатися
  • Vietnamese: sâu, mục

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