ill - sick


ill - sick
Ill and sick are both used to say that someone has a disease or some other problem with their health.

Davis is ill.

...a sick child.

Your uncle is very sick.

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Most British speakers do not use ill in front of a noun unless they are also using an adverb. For example, they do not talk about `an ill woman', but they might talk about `a seriously ill woman'.

...a terminally ill patient.

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American and Scottish speakers sometimes use ill in front of a noun without using an adverb.

We had to get medical help for our ill sisters.

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You do not say that someone becomes `iller' or `more ill'. You say that they become worse.

Each day Kunta felt a little worse.

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'be sick'
To be sick means to bring up food from your stomach. See entry at ↑ sick.
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You do not use ill or sick to say that someone has received an injury. You say that they are injured or hurt. See entries at ↑ injure and ↑ hurt.
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