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

ex•ac`er•ba′tion(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

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

    make worse

    "This drug aggravates the pain"

  2. exacerbate, exasperate, aggravate(verb)

    exasperate or irritate

Wiktionary

  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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