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 full-year picture, however, worsened: negative $137.1 million for 2018, compared with $113.3 million the year before. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Wayfair Firms Up a Bit but Could Still Be Rickety," 22 Feb. 2019 The tensions have hurt the global economy and worsened ties between the major powers. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The US and China reach a compromise — but the trade standoff is far from over," 2 Dec. 2018 The deficit worsened because tax revenues are not keeping pace with government spending. Josh Boak, The Seattle Times, "US budget deficit hits highest level in 6 years," 16 Oct. 2018 The situation worsened beginning in the first quarter of 2018 as world oil prices increased and then interest rate rises in the United States led investors to pull dollars out of Argentina. Almudena Calatrava, Fox News, "Argentines seek soup kitchens, barter markets amid crisis," 10 Sep. 2018 Suchilin’s condition worsened with the tissue necrosis spreading to his kidneys, heart and lungs. Alexia Fernandez, ajc, "A man smelled so bad a plane was diverted. Now, he’s dead from necrosis," 28 June 2018 The situation worsened over the following week, pushing authorities to close state schools for five days and to ask tourists to stay away. Kamakshi Ayyar, Time, "The Global Water Crisis: Why Are India’s Taps Running Dry?," 6 June 2018 The Valley's troubles worsened during the drought, when desperate farmers pumped groundwater for irrigation. Dale Kasler, Phillip Reese And Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "360,000 Californians have unsafe drinking water. Are you one of them?," 1 June 2018 Over time, the symptoms of the apparent THC overdose worsened. Everton Bailey Jr., OregonLive.com, "Oregon mom cited after toddler overdoses on marijuana-infused candy," 31 May 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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