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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Conservationists predict the extra work will worsen the service’s backlog. Adam Aton, Science | AAAS, "New Trump rules would curb U.S. endangered species protections," 12 Aug. 2019 Although President Donald Trump has expressed doubt about climate change, even calling it a hoax, a National Climate Assessment released last year by the White House warned that natural disasters in the U.S. are worsening because of global warming. David A. Lieb, The Denver Post, "States brace for long-term flood fight as damage costs soar," 11 Aug. 2019 Although President Donald Trump has expressed doubt about climate change, even calling it a hoax, a National Climate Assessment released last year by the White House warned that natural disasters in the U.S. are worsening because of global warming. David Lieb, Twin Cities, "States boosting flood prevention as damage costs soar. MN is a model.," 11 Aug. 2019 As early as the nineteenth century, the Penobscot begged the governor of Maine to address the falling salmon numbers, but the condition of the waterways only worsened. Caroline Lester, The New Yorker, "The Last Presidential Salmon," 7 Aug. 2019 Last month, China banned imports of all meat from Canada as relations between the two countries continued to worsen, claiming that customs documents had been forged by Canadian exporters. James Griffiths, CNN, "Canadian citizen detained in eastern China," 13 July 2019 As the rain continued to worsen, Miller came out and retired the Auburn batters. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Despite rain delay, Louisville baseball downs Auburn to keep season alive," 19 June 2019 Many fear that a race against the clock could be on, as politicians who want to take action wait for public opinion to sway toward support efforts to tackle the reality — all while things continue to worsen around the globe. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "4 Things That Might Be Easier Than Getting Donald Trump’s Tax Returns," 15 Apr. 2019 There are fears that the situation in the countryside will worsen as many residents of the city travel to villages to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha next month. Abdur Rahman Jahangir, BostonGlobe.com, "Bangladesh grapples with country’s worst dengue outbreak," 31 July 2019

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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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