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English definition of “worse”


adjective    /wɜrs/
more unpleasant, difficult, or severe than before or than something else; comparative ofbad: Annette may be bad at math, but Bill is even worse. If this sore throat gets any worse, I’ll have to see a doctor. worse    /wɜrs/ noun [U] "How was the movie?" "I’ve seen worse." worsen    /ˈwɜr·sən/ verb [I/T] [I] The next day his fever went up and his condition worsened.
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