Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

erode - definition and synonyms

 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb [intransitive/transitive] erode pronunciation in American English /ɪˈroʊd/
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theyerode
he/she/iterodes
present participleeroding
past tenseeroded
past participleeroded
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

or erode away erode pronunciation in American English

  1. 1
    to gradually damage the surface of rock or land so that it begins to disappear, or to be gradually damaged in this way
    High tides are eroding the coast.
    a plan to plant more trees before the soil erodes even further
  2. 2
    to gradually reduce the strength or importance of something, or to be gradually reduced in this way
    It is feared that international institutions may erode national sovereignty.
    Western support for Yeltsin was slowly eroding.
    1. a.
      to gradually reduce the value or level of something, or to become reduced in this way
      A cut in interest rates will erode the value of people’s savings.

nanodegree

a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

hypocaust

an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog