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English definition of “compound”

compound

verb [T]     /kəmˈpaʊnd/
to make a problem or difficult situation worse: Severe drought has compounded food shortages in the region.Deteriorating and making worse
(Definition of compound verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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