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exacerbate

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verb ex·ac·er·bate \ig-ˈza-sər-ˌbāt\

Simple Definition of exacerbate

  • : to make (a bad situation, a problem, etc.) worse

Full Definition of exacerbate

ex·ac·er·bat·edex·ac·er·bat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make more violent, bitter, or severe <the new law only exacerbates the problem>

ex·ac·er·ba·tion play \-ˌza-sər-ˈbā-shən\ noun

Examples of exacerbate

  1. The declining retirement security faced by growing numbers of Americans is being exacerbated by increasing longevity and quickly rising health care costs. —Jeff Madrick, New York Review of Books, 20 Mar. 2008

  2. … the sway that pack journalism holds on the Beltway press corps persists. The Crowd is never so influential as in the ever-lengthening season of presidential campaigns. The feverish obsessions of the blogosphere have only exacerbated the phenomenon: Now the herd just turns faster in pursuit of some ginned-up “controversy” or faux scandal. —Editor & Publisher, April 2007

  3. The proposed factory shutdown would only exacerbate our unemployment problems.

  4. His angry comments have exacerbated tensions in the negotiation process.



Origin of exacerbate

Latin exacerbatus, past participle of exacerbare, from ex- + acerbus harsh, bitter, from acer sharp — more at edge


First Known Use: 1660

Rhymes with exacerbate

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Medical Dictionary

exacerbate

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transitive verb ex·ac·er·bate \ig-ˈzas-ər-ˌbāt\

Medical Definition of exacerbate

ex·ac·er·bat·edex·ac·er·bat·ing

  1. :  to cause (a disease or its symptoms) to become more severe <her condition was exacerbated by lack of care>

  2. ex·ac·er·ba·tion \-ˌzas-ər-ˈbā-shən\play noun





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