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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If your symptoms are worsening, your treatment plan may need to change. Korin Miller, SELF, "So Your Doctor Says You Have Dry Eye? Here Are 8 Treatment Options to Know," 13 Dec. 2018 Since Trump’s accession to the presidency, McCain (or, as his illness has worsened, his press office) has repeatedly criticized Trump on a variety of grounds. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "John McCain, who died at 81, explained," 26 Aug. 2018 As the fighting worsened, Malek’s mother opened their home to displaced people fleeing the violence and destruction. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "South Sudan’s Female Literacy Rate Is Just 16%. This Refugee-Turned-Model is Fighting to Change That.," 23 Aug. 2018 Eighteen SEALs were initially assigned to the rescue, but more joined as the situation worsened. Time, "Meet the Heroes Who Helped Keep 12 Boys Alive in a Flooded Thailand Cave," 11 July 2018 Eighteen SEALs were initially assigned to the rescue, but more joined as the situation worsened. SI.com, "These People Helped Keep Thai Soccer Team Alive in Flooded Cave," 11 July 2018 Image: Pep Companys/AFP/Getty Immigration was Donald Trump’s signature issue in 2016, yet the situation on the southern border has worsened on his watch. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Trump’s Sanctuary-City Stunt," 16 Apr. 2019 The crisis was worsened when reports spread about an impending price hike, prompting lines of hundreds of cars to stretch for miles outside gas stations. Sarah El Deeb, The Seattle Times, "Syria’s Assad: Last man standing amid new Arab uprisings," 13 Apr. 2019 Continuing to prop up coal could worsen the problem. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Nearly Half the World's Coal Plants Are Losing Money," 4 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of worsen

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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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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