Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun worsening

2 senses of worsening

Sense 1
deterioration, decline in quality, declension, worsening -- (process of changing to an inferior state)
       => decline, diminution -- (change toward something smaller or lower)

Sense 2
worsening -- (changing something with the result that it becomes worse)
       => change of state -- (the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics)

Antonyms of verb worsen

2 senses of worsen

Sense 1
worsen, decline -- (grow worse; "Conditions in the slum worsened")
       Antonym of better (Sense 3)
      => better, improve, ameliorate, meliorate -- (get better; "The weather improved toward evening")

Sense 2
worsen, aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate -- (make worse; "This drug aggravates the pain")
       Antonym of better (Sense 2)
      => better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorate -- (to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb worsen

2 senses of worsen

Sense 1
worsen, decline -- (grow worse; "Conditions in the slum worsened")
       => change state, turn -- (undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election")

Sense 2
worsen, aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate -- (make worse; "This drug aggravates the pain")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Antonyms of adj worsening

1 sense of worsening

Sense 1
worsening (vs. bettering) -- (changing for the worse; "worried by the worsening storm")

bettering (vs. worsening) -- (changing for the better)
        => ameliorating (prenominal), ameliorative, amelioratory, meliorative -- (tending to ameliorate)
        => amendatory -- (effecting amendment; "added amendatory phrases to the text")
        => corrective -- (tending or intended to correct or counteract or restore to a normal condition; "corrective measures"; "corrective lenses")
        => remedial -- (tending or intended to rectify or improve; "a remedial reading course"; "remedial education")

Similarity of adj worsening

1 sense of worsening

Sense 1
worsening (vs. bettering) -- (changing for the worse; "worried by the worsening storm")

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