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Definitions for exacerbate
ɪgˈzæs ərˌbeɪt, ɛkˈsæs-ex·ac·er·bate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. worsen, aggravate, exacerbate, exasperateverb

    make worse

    "This drug aggravates the pain"

  2. exacerbate, exasperate, aggravateverb

    exasperate or irritate


  1. exacerbateverb

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

    The proposed shutdown would exacerbate unemployment problems.

  2. exacerbateverb

    To irritate.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To EXACERBATEverb

    To imbitter; to exasperate; to heighten any malignant quality.

    Etymology: exacerbo, Latin.


  1. exacerbate

    An exacerbation, in medicine, is the worsening of a disease or an increase in its symptoms. Examples includes an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and acute exacerbation of congestive heart failure.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exacerbateverb

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

  2. Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of exacerbate in a Sentence

  1. Mikhail Gorbachev:

    ...It turned out this treaty was the most important pillar of strategic stability. We need talks so that its destruction does not exacerbate the threat of war.

  2. Dan Coats:

    We expect Russia to continue using propaganda, social media, false-flag personas, sympathetic spokesmen and other means to influence, to try to build on its wide range of operations and exacerbate social and political fissures in the United States, there should be no doubt that Russia perceives its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 US midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations.

  3. Ryan Maue:

    This blizzard will further exacerbate flooding in Nebraska with the added insult of heavy snowfall to eventually melt.

  4. Lisa Murray:

    Those areas that are already vulnerable following last week’s weather are expected to see more rain, strong wind, heavy swells and coastal inundation which will exacerbate the situation, if the cyclone continues on its current path towards the north of Aotearoa New Zealand, we can expect this to be an extreme weather event with widespread damage.

  5. Tom Madders:

    Young people today face huge pressures, from school stress and worries about future job and housing prospects, to the 24/7 world of social media which can exacerbate anxieties about body image or living the' perfect lifestyle,' to make matters worse, when young people take the brave step to reach out for help, it's far too difficult to get support.

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    a socially awkward or tactless act
    • A. scrutiny
    • B. suffering
    • C. perusal
    • D. slip

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