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English definition of “compound”

compound

verb [T often passive] (WORSEN)    /kəmˈpaʊnd/
to make a problem or difficult situation worse : Her terror was compounded by the feeling that she was being watched . His financial problems were compounded when he unexpectedly lost his job . Severe drought has compounded food shortages in the region .Deteriorating and making worse
(Definition of compound verb (WORSEN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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