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Definition of exacerbate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    exacerbate

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