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worsen (v.)

mid-13c., wersnen "to make worse," also "to grow worse," from worse (adj.) + -en (1). The reflexive sense of "to get worse, become worse off" was elevated into literary use c. 1800-30, where formerly worse (v.) had served. Related: Worsened; worsening.

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Definitions of worsen

worsen (v.)
grow worse;
Conditions in the slum worsened
Synonyms: decline
worsen (v.)
make worse;
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