erode · verb /ɪˈroʊd/Full view
erode (REMOVE)
C2 I or T If soil, stone, etc., erodes or is eroded, it is gradually damaged by water or wind.
Dictionary example:

The coastline is slowly being eroded.

Learner example:

The areas of Sayago - in the Spanish province of Zamora - and Tras-os-Montes, in Portugal, are joined by a natural border: the river Duero and the rocky canyon that has been eroded for millions of years by the action of the water. (Certificate of Proficiency in English; C2; Catalan)

erode (DESTROY)
C2 T to gradually destroy something such as a quality or situation or to make it weaker
Dictionary example:

Budget cuts could further erode the benefit package provided for by the contract.

Learner example:

Competition can erode a child's confidence. (International English Language Testing System; C2; Spanish)

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