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ex·ac·er·bate

 (ĭg-zăs′ər-bāt′)
tr.v. ex·ac·er·bat·ed, ex·ac·er·bat·ing, ex·ac·er·bates
To increase the severity, violence, or bitterness of; aggravate: a speech that exacerbated racial tensions; a heavy rainfall that exacerbated the flood problems.

[Latin exacerbāre, exacerbāt- : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + acerbāre, to make harsh (from acerbus, harsh; see ak- in Indo-European roots).]

ex·ac′er·ba′tion n.

exacerbate

(ɪɡˈzæsəˌbeɪt; ɪkˈsæs-)
vb (tr)
1. to make (pain, disease, emotion, etc) more intense; aggravate
2. to exasperate or irritate (a person)
[C17: from Latin exacerbāre to irritate, from acerbus bitter]
exˌacerˈbation n

ex•ac•er•bate

(ɪgˈzæs ərˌbeɪt, ɛkˈsæs-)

v.t. -bat•ed, -bat•ing.
1. to increase the severity, bitterness, or violence of (disease, ill feeling, etc.).
2. to embitter the feelings of (a person).
[1650–60; < Latin exacerbātus, past participle of exacerbāre to exasperate =ex- ex-1 + acerbāre to make bitter]
ex•ac′er•bat`ing•ly, adv.
ex•ac`er•ba′tion, n.

exacerbate


Past participle: exacerbated
Gerund: exacerbating

Imperative
exacerbate
exacerbate
Present
I exacerbate
you exacerbate
he/she/it exacerbates
we exacerbate
you exacerbate
they exacerbate
Preterite
I exacerbated
you exacerbated
he/she/it exacerbated
we exacerbated
you exacerbated
they exacerbated
Present Continuous
I am exacerbating
you are exacerbating
he/she/it is exacerbating
we are exacerbating
you are exacerbating
they are exacerbating
Present Perfect
I have exacerbated
you have exacerbated
he/she/it has exacerbated
we have exacerbated
you have exacerbated
they have exacerbated
Past Continuous
I was exacerbating
you were exacerbating
he/she/it was exacerbating
we were exacerbating
you were exacerbating
they were exacerbating
Past Perfect
I had exacerbated
you had exacerbated
he/she/it had exacerbated
we had exacerbated
you had exacerbated
they had exacerbated
Future
I will exacerbate
you will exacerbate
he/she/it will exacerbate
we will exacerbate
you will exacerbate
they will exacerbate
Future Perfect
I will have exacerbated
you will have exacerbated
he/she/it will have exacerbated
we will have exacerbated
you will have exacerbated
they will have exacerbated
Future Continuous
I will be exacerbating
you will be exacerbating
he/she/it will be exacerbating
we will be exacerbating
you will be exacerbating
they will be exacerbating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been exacerbating
you have been exacerbating
he/she/it has been exacerbating
we have been exacerbating
you have been exacerbating
they have been exacerbating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been exacerbating
you will have been exacerbating
he/she/it will have been exacerbating
we will have been exacerbating
you will have been exacerbating
they will have been exacerbating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been exacerbating
you had been exacerbating
he/she/it had been exacerbating
we had been exacerbating
you had been exacerbating
they had been exacerbating
Conditional
I would exacerbate
you would exacerbate
he/she/it would exacerbate
we would exacerbate
you would exacerbate
they would exacerbate
Past Conditional
I would have exacerbated
you would have exacerbated
he/she/it would have exacerbated
we would have exacerbated
you would have exacerbated
they would have exacerbated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.exacerbate - make worseexacerbate - make worse; "This drug aggravates the pain"
irritate - excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame; "Aspirin irritates my stomach"
inflame - cause inflammation in; "The repetitive motion inflamed her joint"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
cheapen, degrade - lower the grade of something; reduce its worth
2.exacerbate - exasperate or irritateexacerbate - exasperate or irritate    
anger - make angry; "The news angered him"

exacerbate

verb make worse, excite, provoke, irritate, intensify, worsen, infuriate, aggravate (informal), enrage, madden, inflame, exasperate, vex, embitter, add insult to injury, fan the flames of, envenom Their poverty has been exacerbated by racial divisions.
Translations

exacerbate

[eksˈæsəbeɪt] VT [+ pain, disease] → exacerbar; [+ relations, situation] → empeorar

exacerbate

[ɪgˈzæsərbeɪt] vt [+ situation, problem] → aggraver; [+ symptoms] → exacerber, accentuer

exacerbate

vt personverärgern; pain, disease, problemverschlimmern; hatevergrößern; resentment, discontentvertiefen; situation, crisis, tensionsverschärfen

exacerbate

[ɪgzˈæsəˌbeɪt] (frm) vt (pain) → aggravare; (relations, situation) → esacerbare, inasprire
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