exacerbate

[ ig-zas-er-beyt, ek-sas- ]
/ ɪgˈzæs ərˌbeɪt, ɛkˈsæs- /

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.

Nearby words

  1. ex-works,
  2. ex.,
  3. ex. doc.,
  4. exa-,
  5. exabyte,
  6. exacerbation,
  7. exact,
  8. exact differential,
  9. exact science,
  10. exacta

Origin of exacerbate

1650–60; < Latin exacerbātus (past participle of exacerbāre to exasperate, provoke), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + acerbātus acerbate

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

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British Dictionary definitions for exacerbation

exacerbate

/ (ɪɡˈzæsəˌbeɪt, ɪkˈsæs-) /

verb (tr)

to make (pain, disease, emotion, etc) more intense; aggravate
to exasperate or irritate (a person)
Derived Formsexacerbation, noun

Word Origin for exacerbate

C17: from Latin exacerbāre to irritate, from acerbus bitter

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Medicine definitions for exacerbation

exacerbation

[ ĭg-zăs′ər-bāshən ]

n.

An increase in the severity of a disease or in any of its signs or symptoms.
Related formsex•acer•bate′ v.


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