verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to make or become worse.

1175–1225; Middle English worsenen. See worse, -en1

1. aggravate, annoy, intensify, irritate, worsen (see synonym study at aggravate) ; 2. aggravation, annoyance, intensification, irritation, worsening.

decline, deteriorate, slip, sink.
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worsen (ˈwɜːsən)
to grow or cause to grow worse

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Word Origin & History

"to make worse," O.E. wyrsian, from the root of worse (q.v.). The refl. 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.
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Example sentences for worsens
As the ability to change focus worsens, the prescription needs to be changed accordingly.
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