Definition of "worsen" []

  • To make or become worse. (verb-transitive)
  • To grow or cause to grow worse (verb)

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Use "worsen" in a sentence
  • "So if (1) and (2) are fine, why would Fiske object to saying that “worsen is one of the only words that mean to aggravate,” or that “the new copywriter is one of the only people inclined to use &”?"
  • "If we do nothing, the current situation will worsen from the perspective of all relevant interests: physicians will experience more litigation, few victims of medical injuries will receive compensation, and the cost to the health-care and judicial systems will be high."
  • ""Some consumers are seeing their scores improve, others are seeing their scores worsen, which is normal," a lawyer for Allstate Corp. says."