verb (used with or without object)
- worse for wear,
- worship the ground someone walks on,
Origin of worsen
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?|Abby Haglage|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jamie Dettmer|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Their power has increased as the crisis has worsened,” says Zuhair.
By Sunday morning, things have worsened inside the building.Ukraine’s Pro-Putin Rebels Prepare for a Last Stand|David Patrikarakos|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
It was not yet the evening, as is aforesaid, but the day was worn and worsened, and all things looked weary.The House of the Wolfings|William Morris
But success has turned his head, worsened him, since,—as it has done with many a good man before.Tramping on Life|Harry Kemp
Even bad news would be worsened if he had to hear it from those lips.A Book of Quaker Saints|Lucy Violet Hodgkin
The bill was amended, here bettered, there worsened, and came to the final vote.The Trial of Theodore Parker|Theodore Parker
And if not, in what way would the race have been worsened had we all been as fortunately circumstanced?Theism or Atheism|Chapman Cohen
"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.