Definition of worsen in US English:



  • Make or become worse.

    no object ‘her condition worsened on the flight’
    with object ‘arguing actually worsens the problem’
    • ‘Experts predict that the situation could worsen next month because of adverse weather conditions.’
    • ‘Taking a sympathetic approach helps while an aggressive one worsens situations.’
    • ‘He was left with no steerage in force seven gales and the situation worsened when all power and communications were lost.’
    • ‘His last X-ray in June last year revealed his condition had not worsened.’
    • ‘As Ma's condition worsens, the siblings are forced to face up to various family tensions.’
    • ‘As their finances worsened, Monet fell behind with the rent and was unable to pay the servants' wages.’
    • ‘Economic indicators started to worsen in September with the increase of fuel prices.’
    • ‘In the second half with both teams tiring and the conditions worsening it was down to who wanted to win the game more.’
    • ‘His parents Derrick and Evelyn gave up their jobs to become his full-time carers as his condition worsened.’
    • ‘In January last year his condition worsened when his left eye became infected and he was left totally blind.’
    • ‘Now she fears unless he is brought home soon he may slump into depression and his condition could worsen.’
    • ‘As the tiny girl's condition worsened, the Proctors longed for a donor to help give their daughter a fresh chance.’
    • ‘Over the coming period, as the economic situation inevitably worsens, these demands will only intensify.’
    • ‘But his condition worsened and became terminal when the cancer spread to his lymphatic glands.’
    • ‘The proposed bank restructuring will dramatically worsen this economic situation.’
    • ‘A lifeboat was due to stay close to the vessel overnight in case conditions worsened.’
    • ‘Conditions are now worsening as the days become shorter and the roads icier.’
    • ‘During the dry season the condition of the rivers worsens as water levels drop.’
    • ‘These policies have worsened already deteriorating social conditions in the state.’
    • ‘Drugs reduce the symptoms and prevent the condition worsening while some patients are fitted with pacemakers.’
    aggravate, exacerbate, make worse, compound, add to, intensify, increase, magnify, heighten, inflame, augment
    deteriorate, degenerate, decline, become worse, get worse, grow worse, take a turn for the worse, weaken
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