from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make or become worse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make worse.
- v. To become worse; to get worse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make worse; to deteriorate; to impair.
- transitive v. To get the better of; to worst.
- intransitive v. To grow or become worse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To grow worse; deteriorate.
- To make worse; cause to deteriorate.
- To obtain advantage of.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. grow worse
- v. make worse
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So if (1) and (2) are fine, why would Fiske object to saying that “worsen is one of the only words that mean to aggravate,” or that “the new copywriter is one of the only people inclined to use &”?
If we do nothing, the current situation will worsen from the perspective of all relevant interests: physicians will experience more litigation, few victims of medical injuries will receive compensation, and the cost to the health-care and judicial systems will be high.
"Some consumers are seeing their scores improve, others are seeing their scores worsen, which is normal," a lawyer for Allstate Corp. says.
As I already mentioned, many doctored coins worsen over time.
In late March, the Toronto Board of Trade warned the current gridlock crisis will only worsen, which is hard to fathom since the GTA already ranks dead last in its ranking of 21 North American cities for average commute time.
But the forward looking expectations gauge predicts things are likely to worsen, which isn't being reflected in a gain for equities on Friday.
The meeting proposed a 10 percent cut if things worsen, which is 7.5 percent more than the original proposed cut at the start of the school year.
Moody's Investors Service said Jan. 15 that it's reviewing Shiseido's Aa3 long-term credit rating for a possible downgrade because the acquisition may "worsen" the company's financials.
Moody's Investors Service is reviewing Shiseido's Aa3 long - term credit rating for possible downgrade because the acquisition may "worsen" the company's financials due to an increase in debt, the rating company said in a statement today.
The Internet piracy problem within Canada continues to worsen and is causing serious problems for markets in other countries.