Synonyms of worsen in English:


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1‘insomnia can considerably worsen a patient's distress’

aggravate, exacerbate, make worse, compound, add to, intensify, increase, magnify, heighten, inflame, augment
informal add fuel to the fire, add fuel to the flames, put salt on the wound

improve, ameliorate

2‘the economic recession continued to worsen’

deteriorate, degenerate, decline, become worse, get worse, grow worse, take a turn for the worse, weaken
sink, slip, slide, slump, fall off, ebb, wane, lapse, regress, retrogress
informal go downhill, go to pot, go to the dogs, go down the toilet, go down the tubes, hit the skids, nosedive, take a nosedive

improve, recover