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Example sentences containing 'degenerate'

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Yet research shows that using the brain cells actually stops them degenerating. Westcott, Patsy Alternative Health Care for Women (1991)All of these can be attributable to degenerating marine ecosystems. Times, Sunday Times (2012)That is natural enough, although it need not degenerate into a cultural war. Times, Sunday Times (2008)It's too painful for them to watch a person degenerate like that. Christianity Today (2000)Fuelled by his mischievous sense of humour, the debriefs invariably degenerated into howls of laughter. Times, Sunday Times (2013)

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Translations for 'degenerate'

British English: degenerate VERB
If you say that someone or something degenerates, you mean that they become worse in some way, for example weaker, lower in quality, or more dangerous.
Inactivity can make your joints stiff, and the bones may begin to degenerate.
  • American English: degenerate
  • Brazilian Portuguese: degenerar
  • Chinese: 退化
  • European Spanish: degenerarse
  • French: dégénérer
  • German: degenerieren
  • Italian: degenerare
  • Japanese: 悪化する
  • Korean: 퇴락하다
  • European Portuguese: degenerar-se
  • Spanish: degenerarse
British English: degenerate ADJECTIVE
If you describe a person or their behaviour as degenerate, you disapprove of them because you think they have low standards of behaviour or morality.
...a group of degenerate computer hackers.


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