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Definition of "erode" []

  • To wear (something) away by or as if by abrasion: Waves eroded the shore. (verb-transitive)
  • To eat into; corrode. (verb-transitive)
  • To make or form by wearing away: The river eroded a deep valley. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to diminish or deteriorate as if by eating into or wearing away: "Long enduring peace often erodes popular resolution” ( C.L. Sulzberger). (verb-transitive)
  • To become worn or eaten away: The cliffs have eroded over the centuries. Public confidence in the administration eroded. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "erode" in a sentence
  • "Meanwhile Americans will be discouraged from doing the right things to mitigate the impact of higher gas prices and the nationwide system of roads will further erode from a failure to properly fund upkeep from the fuel tax."
  • "It got to the point where the aluminum coating started to erode from the bracelet and I had to apply medical tape to the inside to prevent my wrist from becoming green."
  • "For that dynamic to erode is to mean Iraq has a chance at being a functional, healthy, successful state."