Definition of exacerbate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

exacerbate

verb
ɪɡˈzæsəbeɪt
 
; ɪɡˈzæsərbeɪt
 
 
exacerbate something (formal) to make something worse, especially a disease or problem
Synonym
aggravate
His aggressive reaction only exacerbated the situation.The symptoms may be exacerbated by certain drugs.exacerbation
 
;
 
noun [uncountable, countable]
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