Definition of exacerbate in English:

exacerbate

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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Make (a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling) worse.

    ‘the exorbitant cost of land in urban areas only exacerbated the problem’
    • ‘the forest fire was exacerbated by the lack of rain’
    • ‘Rising energy costs, which are a result of a growing scarcity, as well as inflation, are exacerbating the situation.’
    • ‘Pilots, unhappy at the increased expectations placed on them, are exacerbating the situation by striking for improved pay and conditions.’
    • ‘These issues were all being felt in our local communities, with the last three years of public housing reforms only exacerbating the situation.’
    • ‘Part of the problem lies in the fact that we are buying much more powerful stereos and televisions today, but other fashion trends are exacerbating the problem.’
    • ‘Vehicles driving through the floodwaters were causing waves, exacerbating problems for households already flooded.’
    • ‘The Dartford Tunnel is a bottleneck and removing the tolls would encourage more people to use it, thereby exacerbating the situation.’
    • ‘How can the war continue, they ask, if it's exacerbating the problem it was meant to solve?’
    • ‘Significant reductions in the number of primary school pupils are in some cases exacerbating financial problems.’
    • ‘The apparently untreated road was progressively freezing-over, exacerbating the problem.’
    • ‘At least the government is trying to find an actual solution, rather than exacerbating the problem.’
    • ‘And if you extend its availability you are merely exacerbating the problem.’
    • ‘She believes that processed food, particularly ready meals, are exacerbating the problem.’
    • ‘He also criticised the city's universities for exacerbating the situation.’
    • ‘So what they do is take the driving test and then they fail, and it simply exacerbates the situation.’
    • ‘Vicky, Alex's wealthy sister, exacerbates the situation by offering Neil money.’
    • ‘The premature closure of Fairhaven Road and problems caused by access from Frenches Road to Linkfield Lane exacerbates the situation.’
    • ‘I find that if I walk fast, it exacerbates the situation and the urge to pee right there on the sidewalk gets stronger.’
    • ‘That strains that whole relationship, probably exacerbates the situation.’
    • ‘Along comes a referee intent on making peace but instead of getting both sides to kiss and make up the peacemaker only exacerbates the situation.’
    • ‘The child's detachment exacerbates the parents' feeling of helplessness.’
    aggravate, make worse, worsen, inflame, compound
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Pronunciation

exacerbate

/iɡˈzasərˌbāt/ /ɪɡˈzæsərˌbeɪt/

Origin

Mid 17th century from Latin exacerbat- ‘made harsh’, from the verb exacerbare, from ex- (expressing inducement of a state) + acerbus ‘harsh, bitter’.