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exacerbate

ex·ac·er·bate

exacerbate

pronunciation:
ihg zae sr beIt
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: exacerbated, exacerbates, exacerbating
definition 1: to increase the painfulness or severity of (illness, suffering, hard feelings, or the like); aggravate.
The leader's critical comments only exacerbated a bad situation.
antonyms:
allay, alleviate, assuage, counteract, heal, moderate, relieve
similar words:
aggravate, compound, exasperate
definition 2: to cause bitterness or exasperation in (someone).
similar words:
embitter
derivations: exacerbatingly (adv.), exacerbation (n.)