When things go from terrible to even more terrible, they worsen. If your sore throat worsens, you should call the doctor.

If something gets worse, you can say that it worsens. So if the rain that started as a misty drizzle begins to grow torrential, threatening to ruin the picnic you've planned, the weather worsens. And if there's less money in your piggy bank every day, your financial situation worsens. The verb worsen shares a root with war, the Old Saxon werran, meaning "to entangle."

Definitions of worsen

v grow worse

“Conditions in the slum worsened
ameliorate, better, improve, meliorate
get better
ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
make better
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become inflamed; get sore
come down, sicken
get sick
degenerate, deteriorate, devolve, drop
grow worse
deprive, impoverish
take away
get worse
suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat
drop away, drop off, fall away, slip
get worse
get worse
lose, suffer
be set at a disadvantage
regress, retrograde, retrogress
get worse or fall back to a previous condition
turn down
take a downward direction
fatigue, jade, pall, tire, weary
lose interest or become bored with something or somebody
become pale and sickly
contract, get, take
be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
become infected with a canker
fade, languish
become feeble
rot, waste
become physically weaker
deprive (an established church) of its status
backslide, lapse
drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards
drop off, fall back, fall behind, lose, recede
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change state, turn
undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

v make worse

aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate
ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
make better
ameliorate, better, improve, meliorate
get better
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excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame
cause inflammation in
cheapen, degrade
lower the grade of something; reduce its worth
devaluate, devalue
remove the value from; deprive of its value
chafe, fret, gall
become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
itch, rub, scratch
scrape or rub as if to relieve itching
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alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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