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worsen

[wur-suh n] /ˈwɜr sən/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to make or become worse.
Origin of worsen
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English worsenen. See worse, -en1
Can be confused
aggravate, annoy, intensify, irritate, worsen (see synonym study at aggravate)
Synonyms
decline, deteriorate, slip, sink.
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worsen

/ˈwɜːsən/
verb
1.
to grow or cause to grow worse
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worsen

v.

"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.

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