worsen

[ wur-suhn ]
/ ˈwɜr sən /

verb (used with or without object)

to make or become worse.

Origin of worsen

First recorded in 1175–1225, worsen is from the Middle English word worsenen. See worse, -en1

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH worsen

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

worsen
/ (ˈwɜːsən) /

verb

to grow or cause to grow worse
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