verb (used with object), ex·ac·er·bat·ed, ex·ac·er·bat·ing.
Origin of exacerbate
SYNONYMS FOR exacerbate
Related formsex·ac·er·bat·ing·ly, adverbex·ac·er·ba·tion, nounun·ex·ac·er·bat·ed, adjectiveun·ex·ac·er·bat·ing, adjective
Can be confusedexacerbate exasperate
Examples from the Web for exacerbate
They wind up on the streets or in jail, environments that will exacerbate their problems.
They can exacerbate splits within a ruling leadership, foment popular unrest, or expedite a dwindling current account.
But instead of taking my edge off, all the wine did was exacerbate my starvation-induced headache.
In this view, new programs—or greater funding for existing ones—would only exacerbate “dependency.”
But as machines continue to displace humans in a range of fields, they may exacerbate our structural problems with jobs growth.Robotic Technologies Could Aggravate the U.S. Problem of Slow Jobs Growth|Robert Shapiro|July 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Any foreign intervention serves only to exacerbate the situation by increasing the number and intensity of inter-ethnic grudges.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
To remove all things which may alarm, torment, or exacerbate?Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. II (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
It's not for you, and you do but exacerbate the frightful pain there's been in feeling it with them.This Freedom|A. S. M. Hutchinson