worsen

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Etymology[edit]

worse +‎ -en

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈwɜː(r)sən/
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    Rhymes: -ɜː(r)sən

Verb[edit]

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.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To get the better of; to worst.

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