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Progress, this great heresy of decay.
Charles Baudelaire

Meaning of "decay" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD DECAY

From Old Northern French decaïr, from Late Latin dēcadere, literally: to fall away, from Latin cadere to fall.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF DECAY

decay  [dɪˈkeɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF DECAY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Decay is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb decay in English.

WHAT DOES DECAY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of decay in the English dictionary

The first definition of decay in the dictionary is to decline or cause to decline gradually in health, prosperity, excellence, etc; deteriorate; waste away. Other definition of decay is to rot or cause to rot as a result of bacterial, fungal, or chemical action; decompose. Decay is also Also: disintegrate to undergo radioactive disintegration.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO DECAY

PRESENT

Present
I decay
you decay
he/she/it decays
we decay
you decay
they decay
Present continuous
I am decaying
you are decaying
he/she/it is decaying
we are decaying
you are decaying
they are decaying
Present perfect
I have decayed
you have decayed
he/she/it has decayed
we have decayed
you have decayed
they have decayed
Present perfect continuous
I have been decaying
you have been decaying
he/she/it has been decaying
we have been decaying
you have been decaying
they have been decaying
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I decayed
you decayed
he/she/it decayed
we decayed
you decayed
they decayed
Past continuous
I was decaying
you were decaying
he/she/it was decaying
we were decaying
you were decaying
they were decaying
Past perfect
I had decayed
you had decayed
he/she/it had decayed
we had decayed
you had decayed
they had decayed
Past perfect continuous
I had been decaying
you had been decaying
he/she/it had been decaying
we had been decaying
you had been decaying
they had been decaying
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will decay
you will decay
he/she/it will decay
we will decay
you will decay
they will decay
Future continuous
I will be decaying
you will be decaying
he/she/it will be decaying
we will be decaying
you will be decaying
they will be decaying
Future perfect
I will have decayed
you will have decayed
he/she/it will have decayed
we will have decayed
you will have decayed
they will have decayed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been decaying
you will have been decaying
he/she/it will have been decaying
we will have been decaying
you will have been decaying
they will have been decaying
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would decay
you would decay
he/she/it would decay
we would decay
you would decay
they would decay
Conditional continuous
I would be decaying
you would be decaying
he/she/it would be decaying
we would be decaying
you would be decaying
they would be decaying
Conditional perfect
I would have decay
you would have decay
he/she/it would have decay
we would have decay
you would have decay
they would have decay
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been decaying
you would have been decaying
he/she/it would have been decaying
we would have been decaying
you would have been decaying
they would have been decaying
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you decay
we let´s decay
you decay
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to decay
Past participle
decayed
Present Participle
decaying
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH DECAY


A-okay
ˌeɪəʊˈkeɪ
applique
əˈpliːkeɪ
Biscay
ˈbɪskeɪ
blanquet
blɒŋˈkeɪ
bouquet
bəʊˈkeɪ
cay
keɪ
croquet
ˈkrəʊkeɪ
ecce
ˈɛkeɪ
kae
keɪ
Kay
keɪ
Marinduque
ˌmɑːrɪnˈduːkeɪ
O.K.
ˌəʊˈkeɪ
okay
ˌəʊˈkeɪ
parquet
ˈpɑːkeɪ
pikake
ˈpiːkɑːkeɪ
shiitake
ˌʃɪɪˈtɑːkeɪ
shitake
ˌʃɪˈtɑːkeɪ
tokay
ˈtəʊkeɪ
tourniquet
ˈtʊənɪˌkeɪ
towkay
taʊˈkeɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE DECAY

decarburize
decare
decartelize
decastere
decastich
decastyle
decasualisation
decasualization
decasualize
decasyllabic
decasyllable
decathlete
decathlon
Decatur
decaudate
decayable
decayed
decayer
decaying
decayless

WORDS THAT END LIKE DECAY

alpha decay
anyway
away
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bay
Bay of Biscay
be that as it may
beta decay
birthday
Blu-ray
Conway
day
display
everyday
Friday
in a way
Maracay
radioactive decay
tooth decay
urban decay

Synonyms and antonyms of decay in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «DECAY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «decay» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of decay

Translation of «decay» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF DECAY

Find out the translation of decay to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of decay from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «decay» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

腐烂
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

deteriorarse
570 millions of speakers

English

decay
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

क्षय
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يَتَعَفَّنُ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

разлагаться
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

decair
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ক্ষয়
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

se décomposer
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Kerosakan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

verfallen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

衰える
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

썩다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pembusukan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

sâu, mục
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சிதைவு
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

किडणे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

çürüme
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

decomporsi
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

stracić siły
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

розкладатися
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a se degrada
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αποσυντίθεμαι
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

verval
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

förfall
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

forfalle
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of decay

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «DECAY»

The term «decay» is very widely used and occupies the 12.747 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «DECAY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «decay» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «decay» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about decay

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10 QUOTES WITH «DECAY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word decay.
1
Amos Bronson Alcott
A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.
2
Francesca Annis
The first thing you have to do is accept that decay sets in and there's nothing you can do about it.
3
Lee Atwater
It took a deadly illness to put me eye to eye with that truth, but it is a truth that the country, caught up in its ruthless ambitions and moral decay, can learn on my dime.
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Charles Baudelaire
Progress, this great heresy of decay.
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Wendell Berry
The fertility cycle is a cycle entirely of living creatures passing again and again through birth, growth, maturity, death, and decay.
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Ambrose Bierce
Life - a spiritual pickle preserving the body from decay.
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Robert Blair
Throughout the whole vegetable, sensible, and rational world, whatever makes progress towards maturity, as soon as it has passed that point, begins to verge towards decay.
8
Harold Brodkey
I am in an adolescence in reverse, as mysterious as the first, except that this time I feel it as a decay of the odds that I might live for a while, that I can sleep it off.
9
Robert Browning
Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay.
10
Edward Burtynsky
I'm trying to photograph an old offshore oil city that is lying in decay in the Caspian Sea, but I've been having a hard time getting there.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «DECAY»

Discover the use of decay in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to decay and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Beauty in Decay
'Beauty in Decay' features in full-color, panoramic photographs from urban exploration - or Urbex - around the world.
Romanywg, 2010
2
Cure Tooth Decay: Remineralize Cavities and Repair Your ...
With Cure Tooth Decay you will join the thousands of people who have learned how to remineralize teeth, eliminate tooth pain or sensitivity, avoid root canals, stop cavities -- sometimes instantaneously, regrow secondary dentin, form new ...
Ramiel Nagel, 2012
3
Dust & Decay
Six months have passed since the terrifying battle with Charlie Pink-eye and the Motor City Hammer in the zombie-infested mountains of the Rot & Ruin.
Jonathan Maberry, 2011
4
Irresistible decay: ruins reclaimed
This book--the catalog for an exhibition held at the Getty Center--explores the allure of ruins and examines the roles that they play in modern cultural life.
Michael S. Roth, Claire L. Lyons, Charles Merewether, 1997
5
Visconti: Explorations of Beauty and Decay
The first thorough study of the Italian filmmaker, Luchino Visconti.
Henry Bacon, 1998
6
Language Change: Progress Or Decay?
How do languages begin and end? This introduction to language change explores these and other questions, considering changes through time. The central theme of this book is whether language change is a symptom of progress or decay.
Jean Aitchison, 2013
7
Ramus, Method, and the Decay of Dialogue: From the Art of ...
Considered the most important work of Walter Ong's career, Ramus, Method, and the Decay of Dialogue is an elegant review of the history of Ramist scholarship and Ramus's quarrels with Aristotle.
Walter J. Ong, 2005
8
The Two Kinds of Decay: A Memoir
In this captivating story, Manguso recalls her nine-year struggle: arduous blood cleansings, collapsed veins, multiple chest catheters, the deaths of friends and strangers, addiction, depression, and, worst of all for a writer, the trite ...
Sarah Manguso, 2009
9
Radioactivity And Radioactive Decay
This book has been divided into four chapters Radioactivity and Isotopes, X-particles, Bdecay, Y Radiations. This book is very helpful for the students of Degree/Honours and post graduates.
D.K. Jha, 2004
10
The Wire: Urban Decay and American Television
This is a brilliant collection of essays on a show that has taken the art of television drama to new heights.
Tiffany Potter, C.W. Marshall, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «DECAY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term decay is used in the context of the following news items.
1
The NAKED Smoky Palette Is Here — Where To Buy The Instant …
The day has finally come! The much anticipated NAKED Smoky Palette from Urban Decay became available on July 8 — find out where to get it ... «Hollywood Life, Jul 15»
2
How To Prevent Tooth Decay
Many people suffer from tooth decay, and this is due to lack of proper dental hygiene, or because of the excessive consumption of sweet foods. «HeartZine, Jul 15»
3
Eerie pictures show abandoned Camelot theme park lying in decay
The theme park in Chorley, Lancashire, was once bustling with visitors from all over the north west. But now it lies utterly abandoned, as these ... «Manchester Evening News, Jul 15»
4
Almost HALF of kids in deprived areas start school with tooth decay
On average, 68 per cent of Scots kids have no decay when they start primary school. But in deprived areas, almost half already have bad teeth ... «Scottish Daily Record, Jul 15»
5
Moral decay divides us as a nation
"Natural law — God's law — will always trump common law," said Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a Christian leader in her ... «Coos Bay World, Jul 15»
6
Atiku Bagudu: Kebbi Gov laments schools' infrastructure decay
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has lamented the state of facilities as schools in the state and promised that his government ... «Pulse Nigeria, Jul 15»
7
Kebbi Gov Expresses Disappointment Over Schools Decay
Birnin Kebbi — Governor of Kebbi State, Sen. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has expressed his disappointment with the level of decay, dilapidation of ... «AllAfrica.com, Jul 15»
8
Urban decay announce the new Naked Smoky palette is coming to …
Urban Decay have teased beauty fans that their new palette Naked Smoky is coming to Ireland. The cult product which has amassed a legion ... «Goss.ie, Jul 15»
9
Heat, bad work, big trucks decay major roads
VietNamNet Bridge – The bitumen surfaces of Highway 1 passing through Ninh Binh, Ha Tinh, Thua Thien-Hue, Khanh Hoa and Phu Yen ... «VietNamNet Bridge, Jul 15»
10
Conservation laws, radiative decay rates, and excited state …
Conservation laws, radiative decay rates, and excited state localization in organometallic complexes with strong spin-orbit coupling. «Nature.com, Jun 15»

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