verb (used with or without object)
- worse for wear,
- worship the ground someone walks on,
Origin of worsen
Examples from the Web for worsen
U.S. officials say neither do they want relations with Egypt to worsen.Mubarak’s Acquittal Signals Complete Triumph of Military Over Arab Spring|Jamie Dettmer|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These demands can increase at whim, and worsen with the birth of a child.
FODMAP foods can worsen irritable bowel symptoms for many of the 15 percent of Americans that suffer from the condition.
But racial bias (and anti-black racism) still exists, individuals still act on it, and it still works to worsen inequality.Racism Not a Problem Anymore? Don't Be Ridiculous, It's Still a Big Issue|Jamelle Bouie|December 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The bad news, he tells us, is that the rise of the machines will only worsen the wage polarization we are seeing today.Welcome to Tyler Cowen’s Future of Genius Machines|Robert Herritt|September 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
You couldn't botch it worsen Hammer has, and you might do some good.Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete|Winston Churchill
I was worsen you afore I struck it; an' now, why, I wouldn't care to call the Queen me aunt!'
For the true artistic sense impels one to work always—and always to better and not worsen, what it touches.
Here and there— there is nothing to better, nothing to worsen.Thus Spake Zarathustra|Friedrich Nietzsche
It's wanter Systum that's the curse uv Australia; an' Ted's got it worsen most.
"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.