AskDefine | Define worsen

The Collaborative Dictionary

Worsen \Wors"en\, v. t.
To make worse; to deteriorate; to impair. [1913 Webster] It is apparent that, in the particular point of which we have been conversing, their condition is greatly worsened. --Southey. [1913 Webster]
To get the better of; to worst. [R.] [1913 Webster]
Worsen \Wors"en\, v. i. To grow or become worse. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster] Indifferent health, which seemed rather to worsen than improve. --Carlyle. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 grow worse; "Conditions in the slum worsened" [syn: decline] [ant: better]
2 make worse; "This drug aggravates the pain" [syn: aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate] [ant: better]

Moby Thesaurus

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  1. To make worse.
    • The global warming has worsened the weather.
  2. To become worse.
    • The weather has worsened.


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