- Exacerbate is defined as to make worse or more severe.
An example of exacerbate is to lift heavy items while already having a painful back condition.
exacerbate definition by Webster's New World
- to make more intense or sharp; aggravate (disease, pain, annoyance, etc.)
- to exasperate; annoy; irritate; embitter
Origin: ; from Classical Latin exacerbatus, past participle of exacerbare, to exasperate, make angry ; from ex-, intensive plush acerbus, bitter: see acerbity
- exacerbation noun
exacerbate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb ex·ac·er·bat·ed, ex·ac·er·bat·ing, ex·ac·er·bates
Origin: Latin exacerbāre, exacerbāt- : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + acerbāre, to make harsh (from acerbus, harsh; see ak- in Indo-European roots).
- ex·acˌer·baˈtion noun