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Meaning of “worse” in the English Dictionary

"worse" in British English

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worseadjective

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 go back. 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 ​severecondition: My ​coldseems to be getting worse. If he gets any worse I'll take him to the doctor's.

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worsenoun [U]

uk   /wɜːs/  us   /wɝːs/

worseadverb

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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  • I always come off worse when we ​argue.
  • He ​played the ​violineven worse than his ​sister.
  • He couldn't have done the ​job worse if he'd ​tried.
  • I'm not very good at ​sewing, but she did it ​even worse than me.
(Definition of worse from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"worse" in American English

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worseadjective

 us   /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 ​sorethroat gets any worse, I’ll have to ​see a ​doctor.
worse
noun [U]  us   /wɜrs/
"How was the ​movie?" "I’ve ​seen worse."
worsen
verb [I/T]  us   /ˈwɜr·sən/
[I] The next ​day his ​fever went up and his ​condition worsened.
Idioms

worseadverb

 us   /wɜrs/
comparative ofbadly: The ​stormgrew worse. Walking only made the ​cough worse.
(Definition of worse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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