- to make or become worse.
Origin of worsen
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Examples from the Web for worsens
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.)
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
- to grow or cause to grow worse
Word Origin and History for worsens
"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.