An example of exacerbate is to lift heavy items while already having a painful back condition.
transitive verb-·bat·ed, -·bat·ing
- to make more intense or sharp; aggravate (disease, pain, annoyance, etc.)
- to exasperate; annoy; irritate; embitter
Origin of exacerbatefrom Classical Latin exacerbatus, past participle of exacerbare, to exasperate, make angry from ex-, intensive + acerbus, bitter: see acerbity
transitive verbex·ac·er·bat·ed, ex·ac·er·bat·ing, ex·ac·er·bates
Origin of exacerbateLatin exacerbāre exacerbāt- ex- intensive pref. ; see ex- . acerbāre to make harsh ( from acerbus harsh ; see ak- in Indo-European roots.)
(third-person singular simple present exacerbates, present participle exacerbating, simple past and past participle exacerbated)