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verb [intransitive/transitive] erode pronunciation in British English /ɪˈrəʊd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleeroding
past tenseeroded
past participleeroded
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or erode away erode pronunciation in British 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.


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