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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Decay  \De*cay"\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Decayed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Decaying}.]  [OF.  decaeir  dechaer  decheoir  F.  d['e]choir, 
  to  decline  fall,  become  less  L.  de-  +  cadere  to  fall.  See 
  {Chance}.] 
  To  pass  gradually  from  a  sound,  prosperous,  or  perfect  state, 
  to  one  of  imperfection,  adversity,  or  dissolution;  to  waste 
  away  to  decline  to  fail  to  become  weak,  corrupt,  or 
  disintegrated;  to  rot;  to  perish;  as  a  tree  decays;  fortunes 
  decay;  hopes  decay. 
 
  Ill  fares  the  land,  to  hastening  ills  a  prey,  Where 
  wealth  accumulates  and  men  decay.  --Goldsmith. 




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