• verb: to be slowly destroyed by natural processes
  • verb: to decline from a sound or prosperous condition
  • synonyms: decline, fail, rot


  • She wants to restore an old theater that is 'falling into decay'. [=falling into ruin]

  • We're concerned about the 'decay' [='deterioration'] of our public school system.

  • Tomatoes that fall off the vine will 'decay' [='rot'] on the ground.

Movie clips

Movie quotes

  • (..) - Pulse , regular. Okay, this may be a little uncomfortable. It's got a little zap to it, doesn't it? He just implanted a radium diode. Don't worry, it's safe. The isotope decays predictably. As a result, these numbers change over time. They're the access codes to your drop spot. (..)
    2001 A Beautiful Mind