Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “worsen”

worsen

verb [I or T]     /ˈwɜː.sən/ US  /ˈwɝː-/
C1 to become worse or to make something become worse: As the company's financial problems worsened, several directors resigned. The continued supply of arms to the region will only worsen the situation.Deteriorating and making worse worsening     /-ɪŋ/ adjective the country's worsening political situationIn bad condition worsening     noun [S] Rather worryingly, the survey shows a worsening of child health.Deteriorating and making worse
(Definition of worsen verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of worsen

Definitions of “worsen” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

limber up

to do gentle exercises to stretch the muscles in order to prepare the body for more active physical exercise

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More