worsen

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verb wors·en \ˈwər-sən\

Definition of worsen

worsened

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worsening

play \ˈwərs-niŋ, ˈwər-sən-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make worse

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become worse the weather began to worsen

Examples of worsen in a Sentence

  1. Spending more money is only going to worsen the problem.

  2. the condition of the house worsened with every year of neglect

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First Known Use of worsen

13th century


WORSEN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of worsen for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) worse or to become worse


WORSEN Defined for Kids

worsen

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verb wors·en \ˈwər-sən\

Definition of worsen for Students

worsened

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worsening

  1. :  to get worse His fever is worsening.



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