- 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 situationMore example sentences
aggravate, exacerbate, make worse, compound, add to, intensify, increase, magnify, heighten, inflame, augment• informal add fuel to the fire/flames, put salt on the wounddeteriorate, 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
- 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.