how to pronounce worse


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An example use of worse in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… drops to 2200 or worse Muddy Waters it's …”

meanings of worse


  1. More severely or seriously.
  2. Used to start a sentence describing something that is worse.
  3. Comparative form of ill: more ill.
  4. Comparative form of badly: more badly.
  5. Less skillfully.


  1. Comparative form of bad: more bad.
  2. Comparative form of ill: more ill.


  1. That which is worse; something less good.
  2. Loss; disadvantage; defeat.


  1. To make worse; to put at disadvantage; to discomfit.

worse frequency in english - A2 level of CEFR

the word worse occurs in english on average 84.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics worse can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that worse can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to worse


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