Definition: to weaken in ability or function
Part of Speech: Verb
Synonym(s): crumble, worsen, decline
Antonym(s): improve, better
1. My once lively father began to atrophy when cancer left him bedridden.
2. Studies show that without exercise the muscles atrophy and become weak.
3. The gang’s hold on the neighborhood began to atrophy when its leader was arrested.