Definition of worsen in English:

worsen

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Pronunciation: /ˈwəːs(ə)n
 
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verb

Make or become worse: [no object]: her condition worsened on the flight [with object]: arguing actually worsens the problem (as adjective worsening) the country’s worsening economic situation
More example sentences
  • Drugs reduce the symptoms and prevent the condition worsening while some patients are fitted with pacemakers.
  • Taking a sympathetic approach helps while an aggressive one worsens situations.
  • Economic indicators started to worsen in September with the increase of fuel prices.
Synonyms
aggravate, exacerbate, make worse, compound, add to, intensify, increase, magnify, heighten, inflame, augment
informal add fuel to the fire/flames, put salt on the wound
deteriorate, degenerate, decline, get/grow/become worse, take a turn for the worse, weaken; sink, slip, slide, slump, fall off, ebb, wane, lapse, regress, retrogress
informal go downhill, go to pot, go to the dogs, go down the toilet, go down the tubes, hit the skids, nosedive, take a nosedive

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