What does exacerbate mean?

Definitions for exacerbateɪgˈzæs ərˌbeɪt, ɛkˈsæs-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word exacerbate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. worsen, aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate(verb)

    make worse

    "This drug aggravates the pain"

  2. exacerbate, exasperate, aggravate(verb)

    exasperate or irritate


  1. exacerbate(Verb)

    To make worse(pain, anger, etc.) worse; aggravate.

    The proposed shutdown would exacerbate unemployment problems.

  2. exacerbate(Verb)

    To irritate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exacerbate(verb)

    to render more violent or bitter; to irriate; to exasperate; to imbitter, as passions or disease

  2. Origin: [L. exacerbatus, p. p. of exacerbare; ex out (intens.) + acerbare. See Acerbate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Exacerbate

    egz-as′ėr-bāt, or eks-, v.t. to embitter: to provoke: to render more violent or severe, as a disease.—ns. Exacerbā′tion, Exacerbes′cence, increase of irritation or violence, esp. the increase of a fever or disease: embitterment. [L. exacerbāre, -ātumex, and acerbāre, from acerbus, bitter.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exacerbate in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exacerbate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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