Definition for DE-CAY'

DE-CAY', v.i. [Fr. dechoir, from L. de and cado, to fall, or decedo; It. scadere; Sp. decaer; Fort. descahir.]

  1. To pass gradually from a sound, prosperous, or perfect state, to a less perfect state, or toward destruction; to fail; to decline; to be gradually impaired. Our bodies decay in old age; a tree decays; buildings decay; fortunes decay.
  2. To become weaker; to fail; as, our strength decays, or hopes decay.

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