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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Degenerate \De*gen"er*ate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Degenerated; p. pr. & vb. n. Degenerating.] 1. To be or grow worse than one's kind, or than one was originally; hence, to be inferior; to grow poorer, meaner, or more vicious; to decline in good qualities; to deteriorate. [1913 Webster] When wit transgresseth decency, it degenerates into insolence and impiety. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster] 2. (Biol.) To fall off from the normal quality or the healthy structure of its kind; to become of a lower type. [1913 Webster]