worsen

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worse +‎ -en

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worsen (third-person singular simple present worsens, present participle worsening, simple past and past participle worsened)

  1. (transitive) To make worse; to impair.
    The global warming has worsened the weather.
    • 1829, Robert Southey, Sir Thomas More; or, Colloquies on the Progress and Prospects of Society
      It is apparent that, in the particular point of which we have been conversing, their condition is greatly worsened.
  2. (intransitive) To become worse; to get worse.
    The weather has worsened.
    • 1961 January, “Talking of Trains: Flooding at Lewes”, in Trains Illustrated, page 5:
      During the day conditions worsened quickly—for example, a 2-6-0 on the Uckfield line suddenly encountered flood water high enough to enter its ashpan and extinguish its fire—until lock gates up-river at Barcombe gave way and a tidal wave rolled down the valley meeting head-on a spring tide rolling up from the coast.
  1. (transitive, obsolete) To get the better of; to worst.

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