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 Dictionary entry overview: What does exacerbate mean? 

  The verb EXACERBATE has 2 senses:

1. make worse
2. exasperate or irritate

  Familiarity information: EXACERBATE used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1exacerbate [BACK TO TOP]


Make worse

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.


aggravate; exacerbate; worsen; exasperate

Context example:

This drug aggravates the pain

Hypernyms (to "exacerbate" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "exacerbate"):

irritate (excite to an abnormal condition, of chafe or inflame)

inflame (cause inflammation in)

cheapen; degrade (lower the grade of something; reduce its worth)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Sense 2exacerbate [BACK TO TOP]


Exasperate or irritate

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling


exasperate; aggravate; exacerbate

Hypernyms (to "exacerbate" is one way to...):

anger (make angry)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

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