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exacerbate

[ ig-zas-er-beyt, ek-sas- ]
/ ɪgˈzæs ərˌbeɪt, ɛkˈsæs- /
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verb (used with object), ex·ac·er·bat·ed, ex·ac·er·bat·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 1650–60; from Latin exacerbātus (past participle of exacerbāre “to exasperate, provoke”), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + acerbātus acerbate

OTHER WORDS FROM exacerbate

ex·ac·er·bat·ing·ly, adverbex·ac·er·ba·tion [ig-zas-er-bey-shuhn, ek-sas-], /ɪgˌzæs ərˈbeɪ ʃən, ɛkˌsæs-/, nounun·ex·ac·er·bat·ing, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH exacerbate

exacerbate , exasperate
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How to use exacerbate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for exacerbate

exacerbate
/ (ɪɡˈzæsəˌbeɪt, ɪkˈsæs-) /

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 exacerbāre to irritate, from acerbus bitter
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