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Meaning of EXACERBATE

Pronunciation:  ig'zasur`beyt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  make worse; "This drug aggravates the pain"
  2. [v]  exasperate or irritate
 

EXACERBATE is a 10 letter word that starts with E.

 

 Synonyms: aggravate, aggravate, exasperate, exasperate, worsen
 
 Antonyms: ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
 
 See Also: alter, anger, change, cheapen, degrade, inflame, irritate

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Ex*ac"er*bate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Exacerrated};
p. pr. & vb. n. {Exacerrating}.] [L. exacerbatus, p. p. of
exacerbare; ex out (intens.) + acerbare. See {Acerbate}.]
To render more violent or bitter; to irriate; to exasperate;
to imbitter, as passions or disease. --Broughman.

 
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