Exacerbate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪɡˈzæsərbeɪt|  American pronunciation of the word exacerbate
Brit.  |ɪɡˈzasəbeɪt|  British pronunciation of the word exacerbate


- make worse (syn: aggravate, exasperate, worsen)
- exasperate or irritate (syn: aggravate, exasperate)


The proposed factory shutdown would only exacerbate our unemployment problems.

His angry comments have exacerbated tensions in the negotiation process.

The recession has exacerbated this problem.

I don't want to exacerbate the situation.

The feverish symptoms disappear or remit soon to recur or exacerbate.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: exacerbate
he/she/it: exacerbates
present participle: exacerbating
past tense: exacerbated
past participle: exacerbated
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