verb (used with or without object)
- worse for wear,
- worship the ground someone walks on,
Origin of worsen
Examples from the Web for worsens
Every act of selfish pleasure-seeking, untouched by nobler aims, weakens and worsens the soul's life.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Galatians|G. G. Findlay
Which worsens the state of poor old Father Hirsch; threatening now really to die, of heart-break and other causes.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XVI. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
"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.