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noun [uncountable] decay pronunciation in British English /dɪˈkeɪ/
  1. 1
    the gradual destruction of something as a result of a natural process of change

    Bacteria cause the decay of dead plants and animals.

    Sweets cause tooth decay.

    1. a.
      the part of something that has gradually been destroyed
  2. 2
    the process by which a building or an area gradually gets into a worse state because it has not been looked after

    urban decay

    fall into decay (=get into a worse state):

    The farmhouse fell into disuse and decay.

  3. 3
    the process of becoming gradually worse in quality, or weaker in power or influence

    the social and moral decay of the country



to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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