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Meaning of exacerbate

ex•ac•er•bate

Pronunciation: (ig-zas'ur-bāt", ek-sas'-), [key]
— -bat•ed, -bat•ing.
  1. to increase the severity, bitterness, or violence of (disease, ill feeling, etc.); aggravate.
  2. to embitter the feelings of (a person); irritate; exasperate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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