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Definition of degenerate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they degenerate
    he / she / it degenerates
    past simple degenerated
    -ing form degenerating
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  1. 1to become worse, for example by becoming lower in quality or weaker synonym deteriorate
  2. 2 Her health degenerated quickly. degenerate into something The march degenerated into a riot.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: degenerate

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