verb (used with object), e·rod·ed, e·rod·ing.

  1. to eat into or away; destroy by slow consumption or disintegration: Battery acid had eroded the engine. Inflation erodes the value of our money.
  2. to form (a gully, butte, or the like) by erosion.

verb (used without object), e·rod·ed, e·rod·ing.

  1. to become eroded.


  1. to grind or wear down or away or become ground or worn down or away
  2. to deteriorate or cause to deterioratejealousy eroded the relationship
  3. (tr; usually passive) pathol to remove (tissue) by ulceration

1610s, a back-formation from erosion, or else from French éroder, from Latin erodere “to gnaw away, consume” (see erosion). Related: Eroded; eroding. Originally of acids, ulcers, etc.; geological sense is from 1830.


  1. To wear away by or as if by abrasion.
  2. To eat into; ulcerate.

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