worsen

verb
wors·​en | \ ˈwər-sᵊn How to pronounce worsen (audio) \
worsened; worsening\ ˈwərs-​niŋ How to pronounce worsening (audio) , ˈwər-​sᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of worsen

intransitive verb

: to become worse the weather began to worsen

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Examples of worsen in a Sentence

Spending more money is only going to worsen the problem. the condition of the house worsened with every year of neglect

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The funding is urgently needed to prevent the humanitarian emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border from worsening. Anchorage Daily News, "House sends Trump $4.6B border bill, yielding to Senate," 27 June 2019 The funding is urgently needed to prevent the humanitarian emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border from worsening. Andrew Taylor, chicagotribune.com, "House sends Trump $4.6 billion border bill, yielding to Senate plan and dealing blow to progressive wing," 27 June 2019 Periodic rest days weren’t enough to keep the pain from worsening significantly as the season progressed. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Shaun Livingston: Point guard might move into Warriors’ front office," 27 June 2019 The funding is urgently needed to prevent the humanitarian emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border from worsening. Andrew Taylor, BostonGlobe.com, "Senate passes $4.6 billion border aid bill," 26 June 2019 With conditions worsening, Hamas has staged mass protests along Gaza-Israel frontier since March 2018 in an attempt to ease the blockade. Washington Post, "The Latest: UN envoy: Illegal Israel settlements advancing," 20 June 2019 But instead of trying to keep ahead of worsening urban crowding, state urban planners are still focusing on housing and faster commutes. Stephane Kasriel, Quartz at Work, "It’s time to factor remote work into our urban planning," 19 June 2019 There has now been more than half a century of worsening economic inequality in America. David Webber, The New York Review of Books, "Labor’s Last Hope?," 17 June 2019 Beyond that, many need medical care for worsening physical conditions. Madeleine Wattenbarger, The New Republic, "Asylum Seekers Struggle to Navigate Trump’s Broken Border Policy," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of worsen

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of worsen was in the 13th century

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worsen

verb

English Language Learners Definition of worsen

: to make (something) worse or to become worse

worsen

verb
wors·​en | \ ˈwər-sᵊn How to pronounce worsen (audio) \
worsened; worsening

Kids Definition of worsen

: to get worse His fever is worsening.

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