from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- transitive verb To increase the severity, violence, or bitterness of; aggravate.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To increase the bitterness or virulence of; make more violent, as a disease, or angry, hostile, or malignant feelings; aggravate; exasperate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb To render more violent or bitter; to irritate; to exasperate; to imbitter, as passions or disease.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb transitive To make worse (
pain, anger, etc.) worse; aggravate.
- verb transitive To
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb make worse
- verb exasperate or irritate
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
"How everybody's all pretending they know what in hell the word exacerbate means."
Alvin Journeyman Card, Orson Scott 1995
Although litigation may be necessary at some point, Mr. King's lawsuit has only served to "exacerbate" negotiations with BP, Mr. Riley said in an interview.
Spill Payments Irk Alabama Business Mike Esterl 2010
He also warned Nato not to "exacerbate" its presence in the region.
Why am I sure the Pope's reply will be couched in some stupid definition of "exacerbate" along the lines of "encourage promiscuous behaviour"?
Anamika, who tied for fifth in her debut last year, kept both hands behind her back as she rattled off "exacerbate" and "foggara."
He added that the proliferation of netbooks and other mobile devices featuring ARM-based processors would be sure to "exacerbate" a rising demand for faster data access.
TG Daily 2010
Geeslin indicated that increasing TWIA rates at this time would "exacerbate" the burdens faced by Texas living along the coast but recognized that "some modest rate increases" might
Insurance Journal 2009
So we kind of exacerbate that dynamic to the fullest.
And obviously you kind of exacerbate it by currency.
Both Wordsworth and Coleridge left Cambridge with a love of literature, and a revolutionary fervor that would only exacerbate their troubles.