compound collocations and examples

 UK /kəmˈpaʊnd/

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make a problem or difficult situation worse

Adverbs frequently used with compound
just, merely, only, simplyThen people stop exercising, which only compounds the problem.
Nouns frequently used as the object of compound
problem: difficulty, matter, problem, risk, situationThe matter is compounded when she discovers that she has failed her exams.negative feeling: confusion, disappointment, fear, feeling, frustration, misery, uncertaintyHis disappointment was compounded by his Kate’s refusal to speak to him.something bad that happens: crisis, disaster, drought, shortage, tragedyHis tragedy was compounded by the fact that his mother died the following day.

Usage note

Compound is usually passive in all of the V+n combinations shown above: The disaster was compounded when Brian was made redundant.The situation is compounded by the lack of a shared language.

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