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worse

adjective uk   /wɜːs/ us    /wɝːs/
A2 comparative of bad : more unpleasant, difficult, or severe than before or than something else that is also bad: The conditions they're living in are worse than we thought. If the rain gets any worse we'll have to stop walking. His manners are even worse than his sister's. The heat is much worse in the daytime.get worse B1 to become more ill, or to become a more severe condition: My cold seems to be getting worse. If he gets any worse I'll take him to the doctor's.
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noun [U] uk   /wɜːs/ us    /wɝːs/
C1 something that is more unpleasant or difficult: By the third month of the expedition they had endured many hardships, but worse was to follow. "What about the bride's dress - wasn't it appalling?" "I don't know, I've seen worse."
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adverb uk   /wɜːs/ us    /wɝːs/
B1 comparative of badly : He did worse than he was expecting in the exams He was treated much worse than I was.
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