- 1to become or make something worse than it was before synonym deteriorate
- 2 The political situation is steadily worsening. Her health has worsened considerably since we last saw her. worsen something Staff shortages were worsened by the flu epidemic.
NAmE//ˈwərsn//[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they worsen
he / she / it worsens
past simple worsened
-ing form worsening
noun [singular] a worsening of the international debt crisis
adjective worsening weather conditions