exacerbate
I verb aggravate, arouse, augment, deteriorate, enrage, exacerbare, excite, heighten, incense, incite, increase, inflame, infuriate, intensify, irritate, make more severe, make worse, provoke, render worse, worsen II index compound, distress, expand, harm, heighten (augment), incense, intensify, irritate, prejudice (injure), provoke

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  • Exacerbate — Ex*ac er*bate ([e^]gz*[a^]s [ e]r*b[=a]t; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Exacerbated} ([e^]gz*[a^]s [ e]r*b[=a] t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Exacerbating} ([e^]gz*[a^]s [ e]r*b[=a] t[i^]ng).] [L. exacerbatus, p. p. of exacerbare; ex out (intens.) +… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exacerbate — 1650s, a back formation from exacerbation or else from L. exacerbatus, pp. of exacerbare (see EXACERBATION (Cf. exacerbation)). Related: Exacerbated; exacerbating …   Etymology dictionary

  • exacerbate — [v] infuriate; make worse add insult to injury*, aggravate, annoy, egg on*, embitter, enrage, envenom, exasperate, excite, fan the flames*, feed the fire*, go from bad to worse*, heat up*, heighten, hit on*, increase, inflame, intensify, irritate …   New thesaurus

  • exacerbate — ► VERB ▪ make (something bad) worse. DERIVATIVES exacerbation noun. ORIGIN Latin exacerbare make harsh …   English terms dictionary

  • exacerbate — [eg zas′ər bāt΄, igzas′ər bāt΄] vt. exacerbated, exacerbating [< L exacerbatus, pp. of exacerbare, to exasperate, make angry < ex , intens. + acerbus, bitter: see ACERBITY] 1. to make more intense or sharp; aggravate (disease, pain,… …   English World dictionary

  • exacerbate — UK [ɪɡˈzæsə(r)beɪt] / US [ɪɡˈzæsərˌbeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms exacerbate : present tense I/you/we/they exacerbate he/she/it exacerbates present participle exacerbating past tense exacerbated past participle exacerbated formal to make a… …   English dictionary

  • exacerbate — transitive verb ( bated; bating) Etymology: Latin exacerbatus, past participle of exacerbare, from ex + acerbus harsh, bitter, from acer sharp more at edge Date: 1660 to make more violent, bitter, or severe < the proposed shutdown…would… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • exacerbate — verb a) To irritate. The proposed shutdown would exacerbate unemployment problems. b) To make (pain, anger, etc.) worse; aggravate …   Wiktionary

  • exacerbate — verb Exacerbate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑anxiety, ↑condition, ↑crisis, ↑division, ↑effect, ↑imbalance, ↑injury, ↑pain, ↑problem, ↑shortage, ↑situation, ↑ …   Collocations dictionary

  • exacerbate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. aggravate, intensify, worsen; enrage, embitter, irritate, vex. See increase, resentment. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To aggravate] Syn. worsen, heighten, intensify, add fuel to the flames*; see increase 1 …   English dictionary for students

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