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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
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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Examples for worsens
  • As the ability to change focus worsens, the prescription needs to be changed accordingly.
British Dictionary definitions for worsens

worsen

/ˈwɜːsən/
verb
1.
to grow or cause to grow worse
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Word Origin and History for worsens

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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