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What is the opposite of improve?

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Opposite of to enhance the value of something, or to make more efficient
“Stress is believed to impair one's ability to regulate moods.”
Opposite of to make progress in the state or skill of
“His ability to perform will diminish when age catches up with him.”
(persist) Opposite of to be expectant of a positive outcome
“Unfortunately, the bad weather is expected to persist for a few more days.”
(worsen) Opposite of to be expectant of a positive outcome
“The condition of the wall is expected to worsen with time.”
Opposite of to recover or feel better
“For a couple of days he is able to speak, but then his condition begins to deteriorate.”
Opposite of to amend or repair
“Take hold of the crystal gingerly, as if you are afraid to break it.”
Opposite of to change one's attitude for the better
“Do not be discouraged if you have a day or two where you regress into bad habits.”
Opposite of to make (something) greater in amount, level or degree by adding to it
“But they diminish their own credibility with a lot of stories you cannot believe.”
Opposite of to change or alter in some way
Opposite of to correct and revise (text or a document)
Opposite of to revise or improve a piece of work
Opposite of to bring to a stage of social and cultural development considered to be more advanced
Opposite of to improve through the addition of features
“Adding too many widgets to our interface will only worsen our software.”
Opposite of to bring to a higher cultural or civil level or awareness
Opposite of to promote or nurture the development of
“Conversely, evidence of unmistakable hostility toward that same population is expected to impede the development of a belief in the mutability of existing conditions.”
Opposite of to make or become more cheerful or less serious
Opposite of to prosper or be successful
“If you fail to assume the responsibility, your business will bust before it booms.”
Opposite of to improve an existing but rusty or underdeveloped skill
Opposite of to alter or change into something new or updated
“Surely, if my system's working fine, then I should just leave it as it is?”
Opposite of to benefit from
“You will have nothing to gain and everything to lose if you continue this gambling habit.”
Opposite of to improve by giving renewed life or spirit to
Opposite of to strengthen in position
“His jealous colleagues worked hard and strategically to impede his progression within the firm.”
Opposite of to fit by alteration
“The ancient tribe largely keep to themselves and avoid contact with the modern world to preserve their way of life.”
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