UK [ˈwɜː(r)s(ə)n] / US [ˈwɜrs(ə)n] verb [intransitive/transitive]
Word forms "worsen":
present tense I/you/we/they worsen he/she/it worsens present participle worsening past tense worsened past participle worsened
to become worse, or to make something worse

The weather worsened, and temperatures fell.

The bill will worsen relations between Democrats and Republicans.

Derived words:
noun singular

The drug may delay a worsening of the disease.


The country is still in a continuing and worsening economic depression.

English dictionary. 2014.

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