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erode

verb abrade, break down, consume, decay, deteriorate, diminish, disintegrate, dissolve, file, gradually eat away, grind, lessen, lose, make thin, rasp, reduce, rub away, scrape, shrink, strip, waste, weaken, wear, wear away, wear down, wear down by friccion, weather
Associated concepts: erode the credibility of a witness
See also: degenerate, depreciate, diminish, impair, lessen
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The functions of most nation-states will erode further as their capabilities are transferred to global corporations and the workings of the global capital markets," he concludes.
Chemical reactions between the slag and the melt increase the rate at which the lining erodes.
By the same token, ignoring these signs can result in strategic and facility planning that frustrates participants, delays needed decisions, and erodes mutual confidence.
As I have noted, Mackey's first volume of poetry was titled Eroding Witness, and the figure of erosion remains a fitting description of the mode of these works: Syntax shifts and erodes under the reading eye, reference erodes, and ultimately the fundamental fictions of our reading poetry - the singular poetic voice and the direct address - erode and disappear.
The seafloor has such an extreme incline because groundwater percolates down to the base of the continental slope and erodes the rock there, causing collapse at the bottom.
Entry to 3520 is not through its oriel screen but by an adjacent hinged metal leaf -- a stage door right under the marquee -- which further erodes the corner.