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Definition of worsen verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they worsen
    he / she / it worsens
    past simple worsened
    -ing form worsening
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  1. 1to become or make something worse than it was before synonym deteriorate
  2. 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.
noun [singular] a worsening of the international debt crisis
adjective worsening weather conditions
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