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  • v. Present participle of worsen.
  • n. A worse situation; an aggravation

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. changing something with the result that it becomes worse
  • adj. changing for the worse
  • n. process of changing to an inferior state


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  • The keepers of the "Doomsday Clock" plan to move its hands forward next Wednesday to reflect what they call worsening nuclear and climate threats to the world.

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  • Happening right now, the International Red Cross preparing to beef up relief efforts for what it calls a worsening disaster for millions of Iraqis.

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  • That's why we report to you about what we call worsening sectarian violence.

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  • That was the message on Capitol Hill today where Federal Reserve Governor Edward Gramlich warned of what he called a worsening fiscal outlook.

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  • This month the Texas Department of Agriculture, going beyond its usual purview that includes school lunches and regulating gas pumps, launched a website publicizing what it calls a worsening situation "threatening the lives of our fellow citizens and jeopardizing our nation's food supply."

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  • Vietnamese American member of the US Congress deplored Tuesday what he called worsening repression in his native country and appealed for pressure on - Business News

  • A Guantanamo Bay prisoner has provided new details of torture under what he calls worsening conditions since President Obama's election.

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  • The Current Account Trade balance is once again worsening, while the Administration is functionally pumping false data on increases in Wholesale orders.

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  • The condition, which progresses more rapidly than other types of muscular dystrophy, is characterized by worsening muscle weakness.

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  • But his message would have more credibility if he admitted to his long-standing role in worsening the problem he now decries.

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