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exacerbate

[ ig-zas-er-beyt, ek-sas- ]
/ 瑟g藞z忙s 蓹r藢be瑟t, 蓻k藞s忙s- /
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verb (used with object), ex路ac路er路bat路ed, ex路ac路er路bat路ing.
to increase the severity, bitterness, or violence of (disease, ill feeling, etc.); aggravate.
to embitter the feelings of (a person); irritate; exasperate.

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Origin of exacerbate

First recorded in 1650鈥60; from Latin exacerb膩tus (past participle of exacerb膩re 鈥渢o exasperate, provoke鈥), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + acerb膩tus acerbate

OTHER WORDS FROM exacerbate

ex路ac路er路bat路ing路ly, adverbex路ac路er路ba路tion [ig-zas-er-bey-shuhn, ek-sas-], /瑟g藢z忙s 蓹r藞be瑟 蕛蓹n, 蓻k藢s忙s-/, nounun路ex路ac路er路bat路ing, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH exacerbate

exacerbate , exasperate

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British Dictionary definitions for exacerbate

exacerbate
/ (瑟伞藞z忙s蓹藢be瑟t, 瑟k藞s忙s-) /

verb (tr)
to make (pain, disease, emotion, etc) more intense; aggravate
to exasperate or irritate (a person)

Derived forms of exacerbate

exacerbation, noun

Word Origin for exacerbate

C17: from Latin exacerb膩re to irritate, from acerbus bitter
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