adj. Comparative of bad1, ill.
1. More inferior, as in quality, condition, or effect: This restaurant is worse than the one that used to be here.
2. More severe or unfavorable: The weather suddenly got worse.
3. Being further from a standard; less desirable or satisfactory.
4. Being in poorer health; more ill: I felt worse after eating that pizza.
Something that is worse: Of the two routes, the eastern one is the worse. She was accused of cheating on exams, lying, and worse.
adv. Comparative of badly, ill.Idiom:
In a worse manner; to a worse degree.
for better or (for) worse
Whether the situation or consequences be good or ill: For better or worse, he trusts everyone.
[Middle English, from Old English wyrsa; see wers- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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