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English definition of “worse”


noun [U]     /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." → Compare better nounWorse and worst
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