- 1to make something worse, especially a disease or problem synonym aggravate
- 2 His aggressive reaction only exacerbated the situation. The symptoms may be exacerbated by certain drugs.
NAmE//ɪɡˈzæsərˌbeɪt//exacerbate something (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they exacerbate
he / she / it exacerbates
past simple exacerbated
-ing form exacerbating
exacerbationjump to other results
NAmE//ɪɡˌzæsərˈbeɪʃn//noun [uncountable, countable]