erode - definition and synonyms

verb [intransitive/transitive] 

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present tense
present participleeroding
past tenseeroded
past participleeroded

or erode away 

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  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

    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

    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.