worsen

[ wur-suhn ]
/ ˈwɜr sən /

verb (used with or without object)

to make or become worse.

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Origin of worsen

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH worsen

1. aggravate, annoy, intensify, irritate, worsen (see synonym study at aggravate)2. aggravation, annoyance, intensification, irritation, worsening
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British Dictionary definitions for worsen

worsen
/ (ˈwɜːsən) /

verb

to grow or cause to grow worse
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