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adjective worse pronunciation in American English /wɜrs/
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  1. more unpleasant or bad than something else or than before
    worse than: The injury looked a lot worse than it really was.
    get worse: Our performance got worse as the game went on.
    worse and worse: The company’s financial problems are getting worse and worse.
    something is made worse by something: The situation was made worse by the rapid growth in population.
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    1. a.
      sicker than before
      She’s feeling much worse today.



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