- to make or become worse.
Origin of worsen
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Examples from the Web for worsened
When Ebola worsened in Freetown, Salia could have chosen to return to safety in Maryland.Was Flying Hero Doctor With Ebola to the U.S. the Wrong Call?
November 17, 2014
In Tripoli the violence has just worsened, with government offices closed, shops and gas stations shuttered.U.S. Diplomats and Marines Close Embassy and Flee Libya Fighting
July 27, 2014
“Their power has increased as the crisis has worsened,” says Zuhair.Who’s Murdering Baghdad’s Prostitutes?
July 15, 2014
By Sunday morning, things have worsened inside the building.Ukraine’s Pro-Putin Rebels Prepare for a Last Stand
July 10, 2014
Note how the problem has worsened over the past four decades.How a 1973 Supreme Court Decision Has Contributed to Our Inequality
Geoffrey R. Stone
May 15, 2014
It not only strengthened Slavery, but also worsened its character.A History of the United States
His manners are worsened, for he twice made to kiss me and drew back.
But success has turned his head, worsened him, since,—as it has done with many a good man before.Tramping on Life
And might that not also be the reason for his worsened complexion and the tireder look that appeared in his eyes?The Six Fingers of Time
Raphael Aloysius Lafferty
The bill was amended, here bettered, there worsened, and came to the final vote.The Trial of Theodore Parker
- to grow or cause to grow worse
Word Origin and History for worsened
"to make worse," Old English wyrsian, from the root of worse. The reflexive sense of "to get worse, become worse off" first attested 1795 and elevated into literary use c.1800-30, where formerly worse (v.) had served. Related: Worsened; worsening.