Definitions for exacerbateɪgˈzæs ərˌbeɪt, ɛkˈsæs-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•ac•er•bateɪgˈzæs ərˌbeɪt, ɛkˈsæs-(v.t.)-bat•ed, -bat•ing.

  1. to increase the severity, bitterness, or violence of (disease, ill feeling, etc.).

  2. to embitter the feelings of (a person).

Origin of exacerbate:

1650–60; < L exacerbātus, ptp. of exacerbāre to exasperate =ex-ex -1+acerbāre to make bitter


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


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