[ verb as-er-beyt; adjective uh-sur-bit ]
/ verb ˈæs ərˌbeɪt; adjective əˈsɜr bɪt /
verb (used with object), ac·er·bat·ed, ac·er·bat·ing.
to make sour or bitter.
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British Dictionary definitions for acerbate
/ (ˈæsəˌbeɪt) /
to embitter or exasperate
to make sour or bitter
Word Origin for acerbate
C18: from Latin acerbātus, past participle of acerbāre to make sour
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