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worsen

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Pronunciation: /ˈwəːs(ə)n
 
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Definition of worsen in English:

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
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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