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worsen

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of worsen

  1. 1 to become worse or of less value <the condition of the house worsened with every year of neglect> Synonyms atrophy, crumble, decay, decline, degenerate, descend, devolve, ebb, regress, retrograde, rot, sink, deteriorateRelated Words abate, de-escalate, diminish, downsize, dwindle, recede, wane; break down, corrupt, decompose, degrade, dilapidate, disintegrate, molder, putrefy; sour, spoil; lessen, lower, reduce; debilitate, undermine; droop, fail, fall, flag, lag, languish, run down, sag, slip, waste (away), weaken, wiltNear Antonyms better, upgrade; enhance, enrich, fortify, heighten, intensify, strengthen; advance, develop, march, proceed, progressAntonyms ameliorate, improve, meliorate

  2. 2 to make more severe <the harsh winter only worsened the fuel shortage> Synonyms aggravate, complicate, exacerbateRelated Words amplify, deepen, intensify, magnifyNear Antonyms ameliorate, better, improveAntonyms allay, alleviate, assuage, ease, help, mitigate, relieve




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