worsen

[ wur-suhn ]
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to make or become worse.

Origin of worsen

1
First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English wersnen “to deteriorate”; see origin at worse, -en1

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British Dictionary definitions for worsen

worsen

/ (ˈwɜːsən) /


verb
  1. to grow or cause to grow worse

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