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atrophy

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atrophyat‧ro‧phy /ˈætrəfi/ verb (atrophied, atrophying, atrophies) [intransitive, transitive] 🔊 🔊 MIif a part of the body atrophies or is atrophied, it becomes weak because of lack of use or lack of blood 🔊 therapy to prevent the leg muscles from atrophyingatrophy noun [uncountable]
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atrophyIn the end, in the final few days, the Labour campaign atrophied.Indeed, in most we find it's atrophied.Something in her that had, at first, revolted in anger and frustration at her own helplessness, now shrivelled and atrophied.The muscles in her eyes have not atrophied.His muscles had atrophied after the surgery.Whatever character or vision he might have had atrophied along the way.What had begun with good will was atrophying for the want of language to nourish it.A gregarious single woman in her mid-thirties, she came to me feeling atrophied in her position with a major insurance company.The skills needed are mostly those which our schooling found useless and it has atrophied them without irreparably damaging them.
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Verb table
atrophy
Simple Form
Present
itatrophies
atrophy
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Past
it, theyatrophied
Present perfect
theyhave atrophied
ithas atrophied
Past perfect
it, theyhad atrophied
Future
it, theywill atrophy
Future perfect
it, theywill have atrophied
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Continuous Form
Present
theyare atrophying
itis atrophying
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Past
theywere atrophying
itwas atrophying
Present perfect
theyhave been atrophying
ithas been atrophying
Past perfect
it, theyhad been atrophying
Future
it, theywill be atrophying
Future perfect
it, theywill have been atrophying
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