degenerate

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Pronunciation[change]

  • (noun) IPA (key): /dɪˈdʒɛnərət/
  • (verb) IPA (key): e/dɪˈdʒɛnəreɪt/
  • (file)

Noun[change]

Singular
degenerate

Plural
degenerates

  1. (countable) A degenerate is a person who loses all moral values
    He became a degenerate after becoming a junkie and losing his moral values.
    Those drug addicts and degenerates on the street corner should not be allowed near children.

Verb[change]

Plain form
degenerate

Third-person singular
degenerates

Past tense
degenerated

Past participle
degenerated

Present participle
degenerating

  1. Degenerate is to break down, to crumble, erode.
    She was a junkie and her health degenerated day by day.