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English verb: worsen

1. worsen (change) grow worse

SamplesConditions in the slum worsened.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)change state, turn

Narrower (hyponym)come down, degenerate, deprive, deteriorate, devolve, drop, drop away, drop off, fail, fall away, impoverish, inflame, lose, regress, retrograde, retrogress, sicken, slip, suffer, suffer, tumble, turn down

Antonymsameliorate, improve, meliorate, better

2. worsen (change) make worse

SamplesThis drug aggravates the pain.

Synonymsaggravate, exacerbate, exasperate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)cheapen, degrade, inflame, irritate

Antonymsameliorate, improve, meliorate, amend, better

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