Decay - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪˈkeɪ|  American pronunciation of the word decay
Brit.  |dɪˈkeɪ|  British pronunciation of the word decay
- the process of gradually becoming inferior
- a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current (syn: decline)
- the organic phenomenon of rotting (syn: decomposition)
- an inferior state resulting from the process of decaying
- the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation (syn: disintegration)
- lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current (syn: decompose, disintegrate)
- fall into decay or ruin (syn: crumble, dilapidate)
- undergo decay or decomposition


dead plants and leaves decayed by bacteria

She believes that the moral fiber of our society is decaying.

The city's neighborhoods are decaying.

the decay of dead plants and leaves

She writes about the moral decay of our society.

the patient's physical and mental decay

The city's neighborhoods are in slow decay.

Almost every thing which corrupts the soul decays the body.

Ancient families decayed into the humble vale of life.

The building fell into decay.

Uncle John had begun to show symptoms of decay.

At present, the decay of a town implies the decay of the trade of the town.

Her body was already starting to decay.

Most archaeological finds are broken, damaged, or decayed.

Hundreds of historic buildings are being allowed to decay.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: decay
he/she/it: decays
present participle: decaying
past tense: decayed
past participle: decayed
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